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Workshops in Chile Seek to Improve Olive Oil Production

Jul. 28, 2010
Daniel Williams

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By Daniel Williams
Olive Oil Times Contributor | Reporting from Barcelona

In the next 15 months, the region of O’Higgins, Chile will wel­come a cycle of work­shops and sem­i­nars designed to improve olive oil pro­duc­tion under a Program of Technological Diffusion (PDT). The project is co-financed by InnovaChile under the aus­pices of the Corporation of Production Promotion (CORFO) and also includes a team of spe­cial­ists from the University of Chile.

The pro­gram will seek to arrive at solu­tions for some of the cur­rent prob­lems fac­ing the Chilean olive oil sec­tor such as low lev­els of pro­duc­tion, irreg­u­lar­ity in the size and strength of the olive trees, poor han­dling of the prun­ing process, a lack of con­trol of plagues and var­i­ous tree ill­nesses, and inad­e­quate amounts of irri­ga­tion and nutri­tion. At the moment 2300 hectares of land in the O’Higgins region are ded­i­cated solely to the cul­ti­va­tion of the olive.

The regional direc­tor of CORFO, Félix Ortiz has explained that, this pro­gram responds to the needs of a sec­tor with high lev­els of poten­tial growth. This ini­tia­tive seeks to opti­mize the cul­ti­va­tion process and at the same time looks to estab­lish a strat­egy which will posi­tion Chilean olive oil firmly in the inter­na­tional mar­kets.”


Under the frame­work of the Program of Technological Diffusion, a num­ber of edu­ca­tional ini­tia­tives are set to take place includ­ing Positioning, Image and Bottling Development work­shops. The pro­gram will also present a Diagnosis of Agriculture Production by agron­o­mist and engi­neer Thomas Fichet, Ph.D. from the Polytechnic University of Valencia and pro­fes­sor of the University of Chile.

During the period in which the pro­gram is to be imple­mented, par­tic­i­pat­ing pro­duc­ers will incor­po­rate new tech­no­log­i­cal advances to improve exist­ing lev­els of out­put and will also per­fect new mar­ket­ing strate­gies. Currently Chile is home to some 4,000 hectares of olive plan­ta­tions and with a cli­mate sim­i­lar to that of the Mediterranean, the coun­try boasts excel­lent grow­ing sea­sons and high qual­ity olives and oil.

ElTipógrafo.cl July 22, 2010 Productores oliví­co­las reciben apoyo en mejo­ras pro­duc­ti­vas y estrate­gias de mar­ket­ing”


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