Peru: Amazonian communities conserve forests by sustainably using camu camu
Innovation & Technology
Published Nov 29, 2023
The Peruvian Amazon Research Institute is using modern agroforestry technology to improve fruit production, specifically camu camu crops, in regions such as Loreto, Ucayali, and Huánuco. The participation of 349 families from 35 communities has led to an increase in income for farming families and the successful sale of 568.5 tons of fresh camu camu, generating a total harvest valuation of S/ 3,619,265. Agroforestry is seen as a viable alternative to deforestation and soil degradation, and the experts estimate that the production of camu camu could triple compared to the previous year.
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Minam's Peruvian Amazon Research Institute, with modern technology, will improve fruit production. Experts from the Peruvian Amazon Research Institute (IIAP), an entity of the Ministry of the Environment (Minam), are applying modern agroforestry technology in camu camu crops, with the aim of improving the production of this native fruit in regions such as Loreto, Ucayali and Huánuco. The participation of 349 families from 35 communities has been committed to this action, which, together, conserve around 580 hectares of forests. In this way, it has been possible to increase the income of farming families, who now use various pruning and organic fertilization techniques; and they have introduced new temporary crops, the production of charcoal and the generation of added value for this super fruit. As part of this sector project, producers have been trained and provided with seeds and organic fertilizers. Then, the coordination with the market allowed the successful sale of 568.5 ...