The size of the berry is of great importance – which way is the selection of blueberries and raspberries?


The size of the berry is of great importance – which way is the selection of blueberries and raspberries?

06/25/2020

Now the main goal of all breeding companies is to increase the speed of picking berries and reduce labor costs.

EastFruit experts took part in one of the largest berry events in Europe – Global Berry Congress, which was first held in a virtual format. During the event, much attention was paid to the future of the berry business, taking into account the impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

The large and growing demand for berries in the world allows breeders to attract the necessary resources to accelerate the process of breeding new, improved varieties of blueberries and raspberries. When developing new varieties, according to experts of the berry business, bets will be placed on increasing the size of the berry itself, which will make it easier and faster to harvest. At the same time, the larger the berry, the cheaper it is even to collect it manually, and the faster you can harvest the whole crop, which will also have a positive effect on the safety and presentation of the berry.

Jorrit de Vries, Planasa (Netherlands), Head of Northern Europe’s business development department, is confident that growers will never achieve the ideal berry to stop the cultivation of new varieties, as the market and agricultural technologies are constantly changing and automated. Therefore, the development of new varieties of blueberries and raspberries will also never stop. Moreover, it may be necessary to work not only on the fruits, but also to change, for example, planting patterns in order to adapt to new harvesting technologies.

Now the main goal of all breeding companies is to increase the speed of picking berries and reduce labor costs. And this can be achieved, including by increasing the average size of the fruits of blueberries and raspberries. Therefore, the size of the berry is undoubtedly of great importance. In addition, consumers also prefer larger blueberries and raspberries, although there may be some packaging problems.

See also: Weekly market overview of berries in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia

Hens Likins, says that in the next 5-10 years, varieties guaranteeing a uniform shape of berries, as well as giving the opportunity to harvest in one pass, will be popular. Those. all berries of raspberries and blueberries will have to ripen on the bush at the same time.

“The expectation from breeding work is to develop such varieties that could be easily and quickly harvested, as the market requires the constant availability of fresh berries,” says Planrita Jorrit de Vries. “And this is quite realistic to achieve in the short term,” he adds.

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