Innovative growing potatoes in the air Valdivianos develop.
National Television of Chile. Chile in December 2014.
According to experts, the aeroponic cultivation could ensure the supply of quality potato seeds to Chile, without using ground or any substrate. The world population is increasing, there are food shortages, climate change is leading to lower production, then, with this type of project can ensure the supply of seed for proper propagation, and have better potato varieties and quality at affordable prices.
A mere 20 kilometers from Valdivia, in an sector where only the flight of birds breaks the stillness that lies on the banks of river Cayumapu, a quiet revolution that promises to change the way we do agriculture in Chile. It’s the Culture System Aeroponic developed at the Experimental Station of the biotechnology company Nutraterra, executor of this pioneering initiative in the country that aims to produce seed potato tubers with aeroponics, without using ground or any substrate.
We are witnessing a round project, because actually has all the components we want: research, transfer to producers, safety and marketing, said the executive director of the Foundation for Agricultural Innovation (FIA), Hector Echeverria. The world population is increasing, there are food shortages, climate change is leading to lower production, then, with this type of project can ensure the supply of seed for proper propagation, and have better quality varieties of potatoes with affordable prices people, he added.
Meanwhile, Agriculture seremi of Los Rios, Claudia Lopetegui, stressed the importance of being able to learn about these developments show must go exploring alternatives. For us as Ministry of Agriculture an issue of great importance is the investigation and search processes or systems that are lower cost and sustainable, and that of course are models that can be replicated to strengthen family farming.
Germinate feeding of the future.
Among those responsible for the project, launched in 2013, the director of Innovation Nutraterra, Maria Ximena Henzi, who highlighted the positive aspects of this initiative as reducing carbon footprints and water and food production to health of the people.
The research summarized in one sentence the main motivation that has driven this work: feeding the future germinate. Under this premise, Nutraterra has made significant progress in research and development, raising a biotechnology laboratory and greenhouse aeroponics pioneers in Chile, with a smart irrigation system nebulization and technologies, such as multiplication by bioreactors and management of LED lights , reducing costs while improving the quality of plants. Our main aspiration is to reach farmers with a potato seed absolutely healthy, with a standardized and affordable caliber, which means a full commitment to traceability and health product, said the doctor Henzi
Growing potatoes in the air in Chile