La Hacienda Fresh increases crop profitability thanks to biological control

La Hacienda Fresh increases crop profitability thanks to biological control


In the crop production process, harvest is where the results of agronomic management can be seen. Good management not only results in quality fruit with longer shelf life, but also in the number of productive weeks and, therefore, in the profitability of the business. The implementation of a biological control program is one of the key tools that can help you achieve this. This is attested to by La Hacienda Fresh, a company that has developed great expertise in the integrated management of pests and diseases, making it a benchmark in know-how in the production of peppers.

The harvest cycle for peppers varies according to region and production conditions. At La Hacienda Fresh, reaching up to 42 weeks has been possible thanks to the reduction of crop stress by reducing the pesticide load. José Luis Loera, production manager, explains:

"Biological pest control has helped us to have a better yield by lengthening the harvest weeks. We have managed to reach 42 weeks thanks to the fact that agrochemical applications have decreased considerably by up to 40%, depending on the cycle," he said.

Hacienda Fresh and Koppert have been implementing a successful biological pest control program for the past four years. Together they have managed to control pests such as spider mites, thrips, aphids and mealy bugs. José Manuel Tafoya, junior production manager, the release of natural enemies of these pests and the reduction of agrochemical applications have had a positive impact on their crops. "Koppert products are easy to implement, as long as we go hand in hand with the consultant to be able to release in a timely manner... we have seen the impact reflected in a safe environment for the worker and a better quality of fruit for export, since it is produced in safer conditions."

Importance of bell pepper cultivation in Mexico

The profitability of a crop is based on the quantity and quality of its fruits and the time in which they can be produced and harvested, the price of the fruit in the market and the production costs. For this reason, the increased harvest cycle, better fruit quality and a safe environment for workers contribute significantly to a profitable crop.

Peppers are one of the most important crops in the Mexican agricultural market. In recent years, our country has been the main exporter of peppers with a 29% share globally, with the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom being the main destinations for this important solanaceae. This context shows us the high value of this crop and the importance of producing quality fruits for export.

If you want to achieve what La Hacienda Fresh has achieved, take the first step and contact a Koppert consultant.