Jaruco, Mayabeque. That avocado is sold as hot bread, those who like the exquisite fruit know it very well, but it is less known that there is the possibility of harvesting all year long here in the municipality of Jaruco.
And it is that for almost 10 years the Agricultural Production Cooperative (CPA) Benito Juárez of this city initiated a project to enhance the cultivation of the fruit with the aim of being able to dispose of it from June to February.
As reported by the president of that productive unit, José Rigoberto González Bacallao, to achieve this they began planting ladder of avocado stances coming from most of the islands of the Caribbean, Mexico, Venezuela and Peru, in six hectares of land.
He said that so far only in the varieties that germinate in the summer season can the fruit be harvested, while the first collections are expected to sprout in 2020 with the so-called “adventurous” species.
They are in good health, argued the ANAP leader, José Rigoberto González Bacallao, and that is largely due to the cultural attention that cooperativists have offered to plantings such as the application of herbicides and bio- fertilizer manufactured in Cuba.
González Bacallao said that the avocados that are harvested in the Cooperative Benito Juárez of Jaruco are destined to the attention of the members, the prioritized centers of the territory and the sale to the population.
Now the six hectares planted with avocado in that unit are interspersed with mango plantations using the grafting technique, to take better advantage of the cultivable spaces.
Avocado is a fruit rich in vitamins and minerals such as iron, phosphorus and magnesium.
Translated by Ada Iris Guerrero