Cloned Pineapple Project in Progress on the Jalisco Coast

Cloned Pineapple Project in Progress on the Jalisco Coast

The project to increase honey pineapple production on the Jalisco coast is taking shape.

This implies taking advantage of the plant biotechnology so that through the cloning of plants the supply of this tropical fruit is increased, whose state production has in its favor a growing demand in the market.

This was stated by the head of the office of the Jalisco Secretariat of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER,) Salvador Álvarez García, who specified that a step in this area to increase the production of honey pineapple strengthens the link between the Secretariat and the Center for Research and Technological Assistance of the State of Jalisco (CIATEJ,) the institution that specifies the technical package for plant cloning.

In this regard, the director of Hortofrutícola Development, Néstor Olivares Mora, said that the appropriate specimens had been selected before the technical work by CIATEJ, and specified that in coordination with the Jalisco Piña Product System, headed by Luis Verduzco, certain parts of the suckers (called roosters) that, due to their adequate content of phyto-hormones, contain the desirable characteristics for the process of reproduction in the laboratory.

Based on what CIATEJ technicians have pointed out, he said that by the end of 2022 it is expected that the entire technical package will already be in place so that from now on the cloning of pineapple can be carried out in a laboratory in Tomatlán, having a full impact on the pineapple production of the Jalisco coast.

In recent years, the Costa de Jalisco Region has gone from 200 hectares to two thousand, which brings together more than 100 producers from various municipalities. Tomatlán is among the 10 municipalities with the most pineapple plantations nationwide.

As a country, Mexico is among the top ten of the world's pineapple export producers.

In 2020 our country established itself as the ninth producer of what is considered the queen of tropical fruits, by generating 1,209,000 tons, representing an increase of 16.2% compared to 2019, according to data from the Federal Secretariat of Agriculture and Rural Development. Pineapple is, in fact, the fruit that was harvested the most in the Mexican countryside last year, followed by raspberries.