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Argentina: Banana Producers with New Technologies

25.1.2019

This year will be important for the banana producers of Colonia Alberdi as they will begin to use a conservation and ripening chamber, which will mean a leap in quality, allowing them to plan trading measures. Good yields of the crop have been obtained in previous years, but the industry lacked post-harvest technology, which brought serious difficulties in trading the fruit.

In a joint effort between Biofábrica Misiones SA, the Under secretariat of Special Projects for International Financing, and the Government of Misiones, a group of 20 producers bought the conservation and ripening chambers that will be used for the 2019 harvest.

Agronomist Daniela Kubiak, responsible for linking Bio factory Misiones said: "Fruits will enter the packing centre where the necessary cleaning and disinfection processes will be carried out. Then they will go to the chamber at the ideal temperature and time, to mature and conserve in optimum conditions. In this way the producer can plan their marketing efforts", explained the expert.

Since 2013, Biofábrica Misiones SA has been working with banana producers. "The objective was to get the province to have a significant banana production," Kubiak said, recalling that the first problem they detected was the use of different banana seedlings from uncertain origins. It was necessary to implement seedlings with certification and to ensure that the producers use only this propagation material.

The expert mentioned that it was necessary to organize the production, in order to have a more commercial vision. "Five years ago the productive average was 10 kilos of bananas per plant, if we consider that we work with 1,800 plants per hectare, we obtained approximately 18,600 kilos of banana per hectare. Today with the varieties that we implement, we can achieve 46,500 kilos per hectare," she said.

The cultivation of banana is not traditional in Misiones, however there are productive conditions and interest on the part of the producers who chose to systematize their production, to look for a price competitive with the banana that arrives from Formosa, Brazil or Ecuador.

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