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First international berry seminar

| January 30, 2019

 In October 2018 Biobest Mexico was proud to stage the first International Berry Seminar in the state of Jalisco – right at the heart of this rapidly growing sector in Mexican horticulture. In this region, berry cultivation takes place on more than 6,000ha. Major international companies – including Driscoll´s and Hortifrut – are focusing their attention on the area helping smaller growers to become more sustainable.

With Biobest’s focus on sustainability and crop health, the event set out to bring the region’s berry growers up-to-date with latest developments in the world of integrated pest management and growing innovations to help them achieve their goals.

Delegates to the Mexican Berry Seminar. Photo: Biobest

Proving highly popular, the seminar attracted representatives from across the Mexican sector keen to adopt new ways to manage their crops and optimise production. Delegates wanted to learn about the latest biological control products, strategies and growing techniques from around the world. The line-up of knowledgeable and experienced speakers included Julien Mourrut-Salesse (Biobest Group), Javier Palma (Biobest Spain) and independent consultants Julio Volante from Spain and Daniel Ibarra from the US. They shared the platform with IMEX nutrition specialists Moises Moreno and Jorge Larios, and soil disinfection specialists Estefania Ramos and Ricardo Rodriguez.

This first event was deemed a great success, giving the berry community in Jalisco access to the information and tools to help them make the transition to more healthy and sustainable production.

“Plenty of good ideas were explored and supported by technical backup and in-field experiences,” says Julio Ruelas Jurado, berry producer. “With subjects discussed in some depth, the event provided lots of useful information to help berry companies in this region adopt good agricultural practices.”

Juan Bernardo Díaz Mata, technical advisor, was particularly interested to learn about differences in the growing techniques employed in Spain and similarities with those in the USA. “It was useful because of the common control techniques and the economic thresholds for the release of beneficials. Well organised, the event provided a wealth of information and innovative ideas regarding the topics addressed.”

Published in International Pest Control – January/February 2019 issue

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