The projection is to harvest approximately 150 tons of fruit in the first harvest, scheduled for the period from April to November 2021.
The Municipal Secretary of Agriculture, Franco Fiorot, informed that the production pruning phase was staggered, being divided into pairs of producers. “We adopted this strategy so that producers can produce throughout the year and, consequently, generate more income. The technical team of the Agriculture Secretariat has been conducting this whole process and we have received important reports about the expectation for the beginning of the harvest and about expanding production ”, said the secretary.
The forecast is to reach the year 2023 producing an average of 450 tons of fruit in the 10 hectares of area, where around 6,500 seedlings are grown by the 23 participating producers. Before beginning the production phase, the producers underwent several training sessions and pruning was carried out to form the plant.
Producer Édio Ramos Shmit, from Lagoa Terra Alta, in Córrego Doutor Jones, in São Rafael district, pointed out that he is satisfied with his planting. “I have plants with up to 40 fruits per foot and I am satisfied, as I believe that I will harvest a good amount of guava. I'm even thinking about planting some more, because in addition to selling to the market, as I'm working with the fair, I want to sell there too ”, said the producer who said he was following the technical planting schedule of the Municipal Fruit Program.
“The production pruning phase determines a certain period for the harvest, even if the plant is very young. The first three prunings are for plant formation and the producer is already beginning to harvest fruit. In the first pruning / harvest, which starts now in April, the forecast is to harvest 15 to 25 kilos per plant until December, when the second starts, with an expectation of 25 to 35 kilos, followed by the third with 60 kilos per plant. In 2023, in the fourth round, with the adult plant, production should reach 120 kilos of fruit per plant per year. This entire production process is a guarantee of the market, thus generating income for the producer throughout the year ”, explained the guava expert.
The Municipal Fruit Culture Program is divided into five centers: Polo Distrito Farias, with the cultivation of dwarf mango cajá; Polo Alto São Rafael (region of São Judas), the grape; Polo Baixo São Rafael (Córrego Dr. Jones, Humaitá and Bagueira locations), guava; Polo BR 101 Sul (districts of Rio Quartel and Desengano), the lemon; at Polo Litoral (Pontal do Ipiranga, Regência, Povoação and Bebedouro), açaí.
Source: O Ribanense