Praia, Cape Verde, 31 Oct – Inca Asmande, a company from the agri-chemical sector from Spain’s Canary Islands is running a pilot project for growing hybrid papaya in São Lourenço dos Orgãos, on the Cape Verdean island of Santiago, Cape Verdean weekly newspaper A Semana reported.
The pilot project is the result of a partnership with a local farmer, and the first crop of papayas, which may total 100,000 kilos, will supply the local markets and hotels on the islands of Sal and Boa Vista.
In an area of 2,500 square metres each papaya tree will produce 150 to 200 kilos of fruit and the first crop is due to be harvested within a month and a half.
Hybrid papaya, which is new to Cape Verde, is a variety in which the fruit takes nine months to mature. (macauhub)