There will be members of the International Association of Consultants in Hydroponics and leading specialists from Peru, Mexico, Argentina, the USA, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Spain and Costa Rica as speakers who will make an introduction to the culture of protected cultivation, and they will highlight the importance of the different hydroponics methods.
Additionally, they will talk about the cultivation of bell peppers, potato seeds, strawberries, flowers, leaves, green forage, alfalfa, coriander, dwarf spinach and onion in alternative production systems.
They will also speak about applied irrigation infrastructure, the harmlessness of vegetables and the factors that affect their post harvest; the climactic management of the greenhouse, infectious diseases and pests in hydroponics,; the factors affecting the availability of micro-nutrients in plants and the importance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in vegetable cultivation.
Hydroponics producers from Central America, Mexico, Colombia, Panama and Venezuela will participate in the congress and share their successful experiences in this field, .
Using first world technology and management the Panamanian company Veggie Fresh Invest will be sending two containers a week of hydroponically produced peppers to the U.S..
"I would say we did things as they should be done, which is a little opposite to how traditional farmers do things: first plant and then look for the customer," said the entrepreneur Guillermo Villarreal, owner of the company.
The proposal provides for a gradual shift in the pricing mechanism.
Within general guidelines, the proposal is valid for three years and aims to improve access to credit, training as well as business management and infrastructure.
"It also contemplates signing agreements for the National Production Council (CNP) to relocate their infrastructure and improve productivity in conjunction with programs from the Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA),” reports the article in Elfinancierocr.com.
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