31 octubre, 2020

Baja California State University joint effort with date producer takes next step: The first harvest

ALBERTO AZCARATE VARELA
THE BAJA POST/NEWSROOM

The date harvest in the farms ¨El Peligro¨ Ranch in Colonia Pólvora from Mexicali Valley, began under the auspices of the Institute of Agricultural Sciences (ICA) of the Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC), informed the doctor Cristina Ruiz Alvarado, director of the academic unit, the harvest is the result of a linking project between producers and the ICA, they expect to harvest about 5 tons of Medjool date to market.

The project was coordinated by professor Víctor Cárdenas Salazar, an ICA teacher for years and responsible for irrigation, fertilization and harvest of the date, with the participation of Ramiro Quiroz González, cooperating producer in the linking project, the experience gained benefits the students with the knowledge theoretical and practical acquired in the production cycle of the fruit of the date palm.

The event was chaired by the vice-rector of the UABC Campus Mexicali, Dr. Gisela Montero Alpírez, who congratulated the work team of the Institute of Agricultural Sciences for the date production project and their dedication even in times of pandemic to achieve the harvest: ̈ We know That Dr. Cristina Ruiz Alvarado along with a team of advisers working so that this date, proudly bighorn, can be exported since it is of high quality ̈.

Dr. Benjamin Valdez Salas, president of the UABC Governing Board, said that due to the financial situation of the UABC, and lack of funds for research, the rector Daniel Octavio Valdés Delgadillo, seeks to implement investment programs in business units in the campuses, which are already implemented in the ICA and four other academic units.

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