Bringing Achachairú to Puerto Rico
Achachairú is a tropical fruit native to Bolivia with enormous economic potential for Puerto Rico. Transplanting this fruit could generate an annual gross income of $75 million, have a net present value of over $500 million, and attain an internal rate of return of over 30 percent. Researchers at the University of Puerto Rico support research into the impact of different irrigation and fertilization rates on achachairú growth and development. The outreach component of this project increases the number of beginning, socially disadvantaged, and limited resource first-time achachairú farmers.
NIFA supports this research project with Hatch Act Funds.
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