Bolivia increases the hectares cultivated with Quinoa
Lucio Tito, director of the National Institute of Agricultural and Forestry Innovation (INIAF) indicated that in the present management quinoa production has expanded by 5%, ie 96 000 hectares, which means a total production of more than 56 000 tons of Quinoa, which will generate foreign exchange. He stressed that efforts are under way with other institutions to continue to expand production.
84 municipalities in the country are potentially both producers quinoa sweet quinoa as we are talking about 25% of the country. In turn, reported to the National Association of Quinoa Producers (ANAPQUI) is in its third year of trials in quinoa production in the tropics, then we believe that science progresses, he said.
In this context, the INIAF be added to (ANAPQUI) to implement new production technologies such as precision agriculture, to support these potential municipalities said.
“With ANAPQUI we are establishing a joint for producers to make good practice in the care of our resources here in the care of the soil and water for it sumándonos are the subject of precision agriculture is to establish as soils, as is the requirement of the plants from there to make an accurate estimate of how much fertilizer and nutrient needs to incorporate this in order to make sound practices for the care of mother earth and these not only give us three to five years production, but it has to be sustainable and for this we have to damage the resources, mainly soil, “he said.
He also stated that these activities is to increase the production of quinoa for export. In this framework, the INIAF “is mandated to work on improving the productivity of quinoa, which means that it will improve the amount of harvested area for better performance, for which we are offering a seed certification that with good soil and irrigation is get a good productivity, “he said.
Production of quinoa
According to the INIAF Bolivia is the world’s leading producer of quinoa, would be producing 46% of the production of the world’s surface, is very far from Peru with 30%, U.S. 10% and finally Ecuador with 6% .
Tito said that Bolivia has more than 1,300 varieties of quinoa which are protected in the Germplasm Bank, with the aim of if it will ever miss this product, I could get this seed bank.
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