Pavilion for agricultural exhibition

Three new international agricultural products and the inclusion of new species of animals local to the region were the main attractions for visitors and agricultural enthusiasts in the 58th International David Fair.

The agricultural pavilion had three exhibition areas: the display of the best products from Chiriquí fields, the section with vegetable, tuber and bean crops and the zoo.

Jaime González, director of the Agricultural Committee, stated that a tropical kind of carrot from Brazil caught visitors' attention.

The carrot is known for only growing in the highlands of the province, but this version has been cultivated in a 47 square meter demonstration plot and they are waiting for the harvest. The seed reached Chiriquí three months ago through the Agricultural and Livestock Research Institute (IDIAP).

A tropical soybean is another crop being experimented upon. Planted on a 60 square meter plot, its current vegetative development and optimal productivity has filled the technicians from the Ministry of Agriculture with satisfaction.

Arnulfo Gutiérrez, an IDIAP researcher, also mentioned a plantain plant, that was grown in vitro in Mexico and brought to the country for the first time, is now being cultivated and in the production stage on a plot measuring 12 meters wide by 20 meters long.

“The difference in these crops is that they are from plant cells that come clean of viruses, bacteria and fungi,” he added.

The crops at this exhibition can be grown through hydroponic farming, offering the perfect alternative for housewives and small farmers who have limited land to cultivate. Hydroponic crops can be grown in small areas, providing a way to achieve a balanced diet by planting produce right at home.

Manuel Alvarado, a fair visitor, found the food production innovations interesting because they help consumers who are faced with daily rising prices on these products, and that these offer an alternative.