Mexico's blueberry production generated an economic spill of 15,000 million pesos in 2022. This success in the production of berries has occurred mainly in the state of Baja California, which has become the country's second-largest strawberry producer and one of the US main berry suppliers.
Baja California's berry production has been driven by the region's favorable weather conditions and by the implementation of advanced technologies for cultivation. In addition, according to the National Institute of Social Economy, the cultivation of strawberries and other berries in the state has allowed the creation of more than 12,000 jobs in the region.
The region has a total of 51 strawberry producers, 11 raspberry producers, 5 blueberry producers, and 3 blackberry producers. Most of them are located in the agricultural areas of San Quintin and Colonia Vicente Guerrero, which belong to the municipality of Ensenada.
Artificial intelligence to improve berry production in Baja California
CETYS and BerryMex joined forces to improve berry production. They are working on a technological development that aims to improve some processes of the Biological Farming Solutions (BFS) department, which is in charge of inputs for the biological control of pests in the production of berries in the San Quintín Valley.
According to information from CETYS, Ensenada campus: the project consists of designing an artificial neural network that will use a mathematical model to generate forecasts and population growth dynamics of living organisms used in the biological control of pests in various plants. This will be carried out within the framework of organic farming techniques, which eliminates the use of chemicals in the production of strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries.