To encourage crop development, a technology that enables the creation of microclimates is used.
Prensa.com reported statements by Arnoldo Víquez, general manager of American Flower Shippers (AFS): "The microclimate that we generate in the summer works with two sheets of zaram (plastic,) one with 55% shade and the other with 30% shade. In the winter, the sheet is removed and a plastic cover is installed to control the water that arrives to the plantation. An artificial spring is generated in this manner."
Additionally, “an efficient control of plagues caused by fungi or bacteria in the winter is achieved and there is a spring-like environment all year round."
The country's principal markets are South Korea, Japan, the Republic of China Taiwan with which it has had free trade agreement (FTA) since 2008
In the first three months of 2011 exports totaled $46.7 million, 46% more than in the same period of 2010.
Supported by the FTA, Nicaragua has sold Asian markets a total of $12 million worth of products in the first quarter of 2011, according to a report by the country's Center for Export Prodedures (Cetrex).