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Ministry of Agriculture holds two-day virtual training on Pitahaya Crop Management

Posted: Tuesday, October 25, 2022. 12:16 pm CST.

Photo Credit: MAFSE

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise (MAFSE) is holding a two-day virtual training session on Pitahaya Crop Management.

The Ministry said the pitahaya training session will be facilitated by a fruit specialist from the Mexican National Institute of Forestry, Crop and Livestock Research (INIFAP).

MAFSE invited farmers, extension officers, and interested persons to attend the virtual training session which started on Tuesday and ends on Wednesday. The sessions run from 8:30 am – 11:30 am.

The training can be accessed by clicking here.

The pitahaya or dragon fruit is a cactus fruit grown both in Mexico and Belize. The Ministry of Agriculture has been researching and promoting the cultivation of pitahaya. Last year, the Ministry sent a delegation to Xul-ha in Quintana Roo, Mexico, to attend a demonstration of pitahaya production facilitated by Florencio Sung Solis, engineer from the Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER) in Quintana Roo, Mexico.

At the time, MAFSE Minister Jose Abelardo Mai said the pitahaya is the perfect fruit for small farmers to grow.

“Small acreages give high yields and the capital investment is definitely manageable,” he said.

“It is very nutritious and … it has medicinal properties. I’m amazed to see that restaurants and bars are now offering Pitahaya drinks and smoothies and even ice cream,” Mai said.

MAFSE has also been conducting localized training promoting the pitahaya cultivation.

Dragonfruitpitaya.org describes the pitahaya as “a mouth watering light sweet taste, an intense shape and color, not forgetting its outstanding flowers. In addition to being tasty and refreshing, this beautiful fruit boasts of a lot of water and other vital minerals with varied nutritional ingredients”.

 

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