More than 1,500 Ecuadorian producers were trained in the production and management of pests and diseases of mango and passion fruit as a result of the implementation of the Ecuador-Brazil cooperation program (2015-2017).
The project ‘Technical training in integrated production with emphasis on pest management of diseases of tropical fruits and Amazonian and Andean species’ allowed the transfer and dissemination of technologies that increased 10% the production of fruits in the Ecuadorian coast.
The head of the fruit program of the National Institute of Agricultural Research (Iniap), William Viera, indicated that during the execution of the project, conceptualized in 2007 and completed in 2017, the genetic improvement was carried out in the Andean fruit trees: mora, babaco, chirimoya and tomato tree.
The project worked with the Mango Foundation, an institution based in the Ecuadorian coast for the export issue. 500 producers associated with this organization participated in the training process.
In the case of passion fruit, more than 1,000 producers were trained in the provinces of Manabi and Guayas. The project allowed another type of results, such as the development of two varieties of passion fruit. In 2009, a variety of passion fruit was released. The second type of fruit is in the last stage of the experimental phase, as was known during the program evaluation meeting. (I)