The new cultivar “light of the morning” will be the main attraction of the Meeting of Fruit Growers on the Culture of Passion Fruit, which takes place Wednesday 11th June in Prudentópolis (Center-South of the State). It is promoted by the Paraná Rural Development Institute — Iapar-Emater (IDR-Paraná).
The first cultivar of the variety developed in Paraná, IPR Luz da Manhã stands out for its good quality and the fact that it can be destined both for the fresh fruit market and for the frozen pulp industry.
The fruit was conceived with the objective of increasing the competitiveness of Paraná producers, strengthening the regional processing industry and, also, contributing to the increase of income and quality of life in rural areas.
IPR Luz da Manhã can yield up to 30 tons per hectare, to which it is possible to add another 50 tons if the producer opts for a second production cycle.
The meeting’s schedule also includes topics such as technologies for fertigation, marketing aspects and debate on the prospects for fruit production in the municipality of Prudentópolis.
The state coordinator of Fruit Growing at IDR-Paraná, Eduardo Augustinho dos Santos, explains that the event will be held on a property where the producer adopts a high level of technology. “IDR-Paraná has been working on the fruit in the region for about 10 years, the potential there is very large”, he says.
According to Santos, 160 hectares of passion fruit are cultivated in the municipality, with a predominance of small family farming. Average productivity is still low, around 14 tons per hectare, and most of the production is destined for industrialization. The objective of the project is to increase this production and provide producers with access to the fresh fruit market, which is broad and diversified.