The directors of the Administrative Commission for the Salto Grande Special Fund (CAFESG) and the Association of Blueberry Producers of Mesopotamia Argentina (APAMA) held a meeting to advance the signing of a mutual collaboration agreement aimed at developing new blueberry varieties adapted to the Entre Rios region.
The project, which would last twelve years, also involves the National Institute of Agricultural Technology's EEA Concordia, the Faculty of Food Sciences of the National University of Entre Rios, and the Argentine Delegation of the Commission Mixed Technique of Salto Grande (CTM).
The institutions involved in the project agree that the blueberry sector needs to have new varieties that adapt to the demand and constant requirements of export markets.
"We had a very productive meeting with APAMA. The idea was to advance an interinstitutional relationship that can empower the sector by working together and taking advantage of each institution's strengths," stated Luis Benedetto, the president of CAFESG. “Blueberry has had a very important place in our province's productive sector for years. Contributing to its development via technological innovation applied to productivity will also strengthen the source of income for many families that are directly or indirectly working with blueberries in our Salto Grande Region,” Benedetto added.
“We met to advance the varietal improvement project. The goal is to obtain a blueberry variety that adapts well to the climate of Concordia and that has some special characteristics, such as being suitable for maritime transport, as the trip to the most distant destinations takes approximately,” stated the head of APAMA, Alejandro Pannunzio.
The crossing and selection process will be carried out under the local climate, soil, water, and biotic environment conditions. The first stage of the project will focus on identifying the varieties that will be used and carrying out their respective crosses. In the second stage, researchers will focus on developing the best crosses obtained in the first stage of the project for cultivation in the region.