From West to East
In this week’s edition, we visit the field days of two upcoming varieties in Brazil and take a look at the recent Asia Fruit Logistica Exhibition in Hong Kong where Grapa exhibited.
8A-19+4 ‘Jumbo’ Open Field Day
In August, the Grapa technical team in Brazil, Augusto Prado, Russaika Nascimento and Nayara Setoguchi held the first field day which focused exclusively on the variety 8A-19+4, as some growers have already ordered seedlings of this variety.
The field day took place at Mr. Altamir Martins’ SunValley Farm. Mr. Martins’ farm is the first to plant 8A-19+4 in a semi-commercial plot. As Russaika explains, “we decided to hold this field day since some of the growers saw this variety in California and were very impressed.”
Mr. Wesley Eduardo, field manager at SunValley has done excellent work; he and Augusto decided on one protocol of Gibb and the results were amazing, with good berry size. Another important point was the crop management; Mr. Eduardo was very strict about keeping only one bunch per shoot.
After the field day, more ARRA growers have decided to plant 8A-19+4 and there is already a list of growers waiting for material.
This successful field day was attended by more than 100 growers, consultants and field managers and the event was sponsored by Agropodas and TimacAGro.
Variety 33-31+7 Open Field Day
In July, more than 60 growers and field managers attended a field day devoted to the variety 33-31+7 at the farm of Mrs. Maria Alice Pereira Gomes of Coopexvale, Brazil.
Grapa technical team, Russaika and Augusto, saw the importance of holding the field day since there are almost forty hectares of this variety planted. First planted at the end of 2016, some growers harvested their first crop of 33-31+7 last year.
At present, the protocol of this variety is being improved; we have a good protocol for berry size, however, we are trying to perfect this wonderful selection and we believe that next semester the plantation will increase. The field day was sponsored by Acqua do Brazil and Central de Adubos.
2018 Asia Fruit Logistica Exhibition, Hong Kong
The Grapa team packed a lot into the fruitful three days we exhibited at 2018 Asia Fruit Logistica Exhibition in Hong Kong.
At the exhibition, the ARRA varieties were to be found not just at the Grapa stand, but also displayed at the exhibits of Jupiter Marketing, Romeo’s Best and Perfection Fresh.
It was our pleasure
We would like to extend a big thank you to all our friends, visitors and colleagues who took the time to visit us at Asia Fruit Logistica.
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