Krishi Jagran Team during the visit of the 20th China International Agrochemical and Crop Protection Exhibition (CAC 2019), experienced the cultivation of the strawberry in Greenhouse/Polyhouse in view of the team at Shanghai's Jiao Tong University announced recently that they have developed solutions to make strawberries even sweeter, all while being kinder to the environment.
Xu Wenping, from the University’s School of Agriculture and Biology, it was informed that traditional methods require planting the seedlings first and mulching the ridges later, leading to the thriving of weeds.
Greenhouse film is also traditionally added later, leading to fields high in humidity that can easily cause disease and insect problems. In these conditions, farmers need to use more pesticides.
Xu and his team spent 10 years coming up with new solutions.
They mulch the ridges to reduce the growth of weeds first and cover the greenhouse throughout the growth process to prevent diseases and insects by reducing humidity.
All their efforts have paid off as the strawberries in their experimental fields are big and sweet, with a beautiful red colour.
Strawberries cultivated by a farm utilizing their solutions won a tasting competition in January. Xu and his team are now trying to promote their findings widely.
Krishi Jagran Team visited the Strawberry Farm House in early March 2019 month and experienced the taste, colour and the life of the progressive farmers of the Strawberry.