SUSTAINABLE STRAWBERRY PRODUCTION IN GEORGIA
In Georgia during the last five years there has been an increase of Organic Strawberry farmers interest towards strawberry and blueberry crops. These crops have large export potentials in Georgia and cultivation of them through diversification might develop as one of the most important branches of Sustainable Agriculture Development. Insufficient amounts of organic and virus-free plants of these crops is the principal problem in the development of this branch of agriculture. Farmers are interested in producing organically and biologically safe strawberry plant products without using artificial pesticides and fertilizers. Organic biomass mulches are used widely. Organic strawberry producers are struggling to address the challenges that have been intensified by harmful chemicals and oil-based fertilizers in conventional strawberry production. Three of the most pressing challenges facing sustainable organic strawberry growers are soil fertility, soil-borne diseases and pests. Organic fruit is produced without conventional pesticides, synthetic fertilizers or bioengineering. Choosing organic culture provides a tangible way which is beneficial for the environment, local economies, and public health, both on and off the farm. Our research provides sustainable strawberry organic methods. It also covers integrated pest management and weed control techniques that can reduce pesticide use in strawberry production.
Nadiradze, K. and Phirosmanashvili, N. (2014). SUSTAINABLE STRAWBERRY PRODUCTION IN GEORGIA. Acta Hortic. 1049, 717-718
sustainable development, mulching, biomass, in vitro, plant and fruit quality, virus free