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4th annual field day in Almoloya:

Mexico: Greenhouse production steadily developing in Hidalgo

Last weekend around 400 Mexican farmers and growers from the State of Hidalgo gathered for a local event in Almoloya, to learn about more advanced production technologies. The event, organized by local horticultural engineer Pasiano from the municipality of Acatlán, was a great opportunity to provide the local growers and farmers with knowledge on production optimization.

Edgar Leyton from Leyton Greenhouse and Supply was also present at the field day in order to educate the growers about Sudlac shading paints and Koppert's biological systems. "The state of Hidalgo is one of the 5 most underdeveloped and poorest states of our country, yet it is very good to see that the small community of farmers and growers is willing to change this by increasing their production efficiency", said Edgar.

Saladette variety trials

Lectures on new technologies and crop protection products.

He explained that while most of the growers produce open field crops like maize, pumpkins and strawberries, a small, but growing group of growers is also very successful with greenhouse production of Saladette tomatoes.

Suclac, Pindstrup, Koppert and Toro products at Leyton's booth

"They often have small production areas since the communities live between the mountains. Most of the low tech greenhouses are about 1,000 to 3,000 square meters and used to grow Saladette tomatoes for the production of sauces. Some of the growers have automated irrigation and automated vents, but a lot of improvement can still be made."

Tunnels with Saladette tomatoes

For this reason the event was organized for the fourth time by a local engineer, Mr. Pasiano. "Pasiano is driven to increase the efficiency of the local growers, backed by technology and good seeds and starting material. Without the help of any subsidies he has organized this successful day again this year for the fourth time."

Edgar Leyton and Pasiano

During the event the growers could see trials with new varieties from Dutch breeders. As well as this there were several seminars, lectures and exhibits. "We explained to the growers the advantages of Sudlac shading paints, our substrates and Koppert biological crop protection. Special attention was paid to pollination with the help of bumblebees, which is really taking off in this area right now."

Mexican trade show means delicious Mexican food!

A view over the city of “Glen Flores”, a village with a population of 178 inhabitants and only a primary school.

For more information:
Leyton Greenhouse and Supply
Edgar Leyton (e-mail)

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