Cherry trees in the northern zone: Is it feasible?
CAMPO MAGAZINE – EL MERCURIO – Cherry trees in the northern zone: Is it feasible? Wednesday, August 26, 2015.
The need of finding new alternatives to create sustainable fruticulture in the northern zone has lead INIA researchers to raise the possibility of planting cherry trees, one of the most profitable in recent years. Find out more about the feasibility of planting cherry trees in the northern zone, next. Finding new alternatives of cultivating in the northern zone and having the possibility of entering the market with an early harvest, at the highest prices, have been two of the main drives to raise the possibility of growing cherry trees in the regions of Coquimbo and Valparaíso.
Within that context, researcher, agronomist in fruit culture and deputy director of research and development in INIA Rayentué, Gamalier Lemus, highlights the advantages that cultivating this species in the northern area would have.
“If we manage to grow cherry trees in the northern area, we would have the possibility of extending the cherry sale period, when they are at their best prices, namely, at the beginning of the season. For every day that the sale overtakes the external market, we could reach better prices than the current prime crops”
Another advantage of growing cherry trees in the IV and V regions would be to diminish the risk of unannounced frost and rain in crucial times for the fruit.