Walnuts to replace apples and peachesThis article was originally published in Foodnews
MEXICO's state government in Chihuahua has invested MXN40 million (USD3.4 million) in a project to convert apple and peach orchards into walnut growing areas in the northeast. Jennifer Willis-Jones writes: Following a special finance scheme and credit at preferential rates, 500ha of walnut trees have already been planted, with plantings expected to eventually cover 5 000ha. "We are looking to make the most out of the climate and the earth in the north eastern region, taking advantage of the existing warehouses in the now non-productive apple orchards," the secretary for rural development, Octavio Legarreta Guerreo, said. Walnut trees need good irrigation and, as a result, electromechanical equipment is being modernised to improve electricity consumption and to improve profitability of production.