Tabasco will have a Plant Tissue Reproduction Laboratory in the municipality of Teapa, which will allow reproducing clones of various crops, including bananas, guaranteeing the health of the plantations through the production of pest-resistant varieties.
Francisco Hueso Alcaraz, president of the State Agricultural Council of Colima and secretary of the National Banana Council, stated in an interview with Tabasco's Information System (SIT) that the facilities would be built on 14 hectares and make use of new technologies, which would allow producing 700 clones of each plant. This modernization system also makes it possible to increase the number of plants planted per hectare, from the current 1,800-2,000 to 3,000 plants, approximately.
"The plants cloned in the laboratory plant will be completely healthy ensuring producers achieve a homogeneous production, quality, and good sales. Producers can schedule the harvest for when the product is most valuable, they can even venture to grow more plants than they are used to," he said.
This project, which is already being applied successfully in the state of Colima, ensures producers have a successful production and achieve the fruit quality demanded by international markets, guaranteeing the production has a market, he stressed.
Adrian Prats Leal, the president of the National Banana Product System and president of the Union of Banana Growers of Tabasco, said this laboratory would allow modernizing this productive activity and that the project would benefit more than 15,000 families in Tabasco that are dedicated to this activity.
To execute this project, the sector has sought an alliance with the federal and state government. The construction of the laboratory will be undertaken through Rural Finance and it will be started this year.
"We need to have healthy plants and renew old surfaces with more resistant cloned plants. This can only be achieved with a tissue laboratory that guarantees the production of healthy and higher quality plants," he added.