18 May 2024

Camposol believes in La Chola, the blueberry that replaces Biloxi and produces 25 tonnes per hectare


The Peruvian company Camposol aims to continue strengthening its product offerings for export, specifically in blueberries. The multinational - with locations in Uruguay, Chile, Colombia, and Mexico - plans to expand its portfolio with new varieties in its Peruvian fields.

The company's general manager, José Antonio Gómez-Bazán, stated that the varietal replacement of blueberries has begun. He explained that they have a genetic program, resulting from crossbreeding, that generates new varieties of Peruvian-origin blueberries each year.

"We have great confidence in our genetic program that we have been developing for eight years. We have advanced with our own Peruvian genetics 'La Chola', which adapts very well to climatic conditions and we believe it is Camposol's great bet for blueberries," he said.

José Antonio Gómez-Bazán, director of Camposol

The executive specified that there are currently 50 hectares planted with the new variety 'La Chola', while this year the aim is to plant another 250 hectares.

Regarding yield, Gómez-Bazán highlighted that this variety exceeds 25 tons per hectare and its size (diameter) is double that of the Biloxi variety, significantly reducing harvesting costs.

Gómez-Bazán indicated that last year, due to the presence of El Niño Costero and its high temperatures, the good performance of Biloxi in adapting to this climate was highlighted. Thus, Camposol decided to continue cultivating this type of blueberry. "Based on this variety and with adaptability to climate change, new genetics were developed," he added.

In this regard, Camposol aims to install more hectares of blueberries of the new variety 'La Chola', with the goal of increasing production volume. These crops are planned in the Chavimochic area, which presents ideal conditions for the development of this crop. "Now, with the expansion of Chavimochic, we can access more areas that previously did not have water, which will allow us to expand the blueberry cultivation area," he concluded.

Source: Gestion

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