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Blueberry Program

Thursday April 13, 2023




07:45 - 08:30 Accreditation
08:30 - 08:45 Opening and welcome words
Felipe silva

Entrepreneur and President of

Chilean blueberry committee

Bruno Defilippi

Director of INIA La Platina

08:45 - 09:15 Challenges of the Chilean blueberry industry
Manuel Jose Alcaino



09:15 - 09:45 Arrivals of Chilean fruit to international markets: Main problems of the last season
Ignacio Santibanez


QIMA Produces

09:45 - 10:00 Round of questions
10:00 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:30 Profitability analysis of blueberry production in Chile
oscar ayach

Ing. Agr. South Zone

Commercial Greenvic SA

11:30 - 11:45 New varietal alternatives for Chile
Marcela Zuniga

Executive Director

Sunnyridge Nurseries

11:45 - 12:00
Lucia Corbetto

Founding Partner

Osiris Plant Management

12:00 - 12:30
Carolina Uquillas

Sales Manager Chile

Fall Creek Farm & Nursery, Inc.

12:30 - 13:00 Analysis of profitability and costs associated with the production of blueberries in Peru: the importance of genetics
John Paul Bentin

Ing. Agr. MBA.

Production manager

Family Farms Peru

13:00 - 13:20 Question Round
13:20 - 14:30 Lunch.
14:30 - 14:55 Computer vision for counts and prediction of yields in blueberries
William Beltramin

Bitwise Ag Expansion Manager

Master of Supply Chain Management U. Queensland

14:55 - 15:40 Strategies to improve harvest efficiency in blueberries
Fumiomi Takeda

Ph.D. Research Horticulturist and Lead Scientist Appalachian

Fruit Research Station United States, USDA.

15:40 - 16:20 All or nothing: optimizing postharvest for quality fruit
Bruno Defilippi

Ing. Agr. Ph.D.

INIA researcher

International Consultant

16:20 - 16:30 Round of questions
16:30 - 17:15 Coffee break
17:15 - 17:35 How can we, as blueberry growers, use innovative technologies to control the pollination process?
samuel dresel

VP Global BloomX

17:35 - 18:05 Mechanical harvesting of blueberries for the fresh market
Lisa DeVetter

Associate Professor, Department of Horticulture

Washington State University NWREC and Everett

18:05 - 18:45 Intelligent management of plant nutrition to optimize fruit quality in a period of high input cost
Juan Hirzel

Ing. Agr. MS. Ph.D.


INIA International Consultant

18:45 - 19:00 Question Round
19:00 - 19:05 Closing of the day
- Program subject to change
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Cherry Trees Program

Thursday April 13, 2023




07:45 - 08:30 Accreditation
08:30 - 08:45 Opening and welcome words
Jorge Esquivel

Ing. Agr. MS.

Director of Blueberries Consulting

Maria Sofia Silva

O'Higgins Regional Director


08:45 - 09:20 Introduction of cherry tree cultivation in Chilean fruit growing
Antonio Walker

Entrepreneur, producer

and cherry advisor

Former Minister of Agriculture of Chile

09:20 - 10:00 Behavior of the market before and after Chinese New Year
javier saavedra

Commercial manager

Control Union Chile

10:00 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:40 Analysis of the cherry season
Manuel Jose Alcaino



11:40 - 12:30 Cherry postharvest: experiences from the 2022-23 season
John Paul Zoffoli

Ing. Agr. MS. Ph.D.

International Researcher and Consultant

12:30 - 13:20 Round table
13:20 - 14:30 Lunch.
14:30 - 15:00 New varieties of cherry trees for early and late production
Lorraine Pinto

Product Manager

ANA Chile

15:00 - 15:30 Technical management for new varieties of cherry trees
walter masman

Ing. Agr. PUCV

Technical Advisor and Consultant

Cherry Specialist

15:30 - 16:00 Physiological considerations and key management to obtain high quality fruit in cherry trees
Victor Vicencio

Ing. Agr. pucv

Advisor Onlycherries consultants

16:00 - 16:30 Round table
16:30 - 17:15 Coffee Break
17:15 - 17:55 Management to consider to ensure a good arrival in the destination markets
Jessica Rodriguez

Ing. Agr. M.Sc.

Advisor in Postharvest, commercialization and marketing of fresh products

17:55 - 18:35 Innovations in postharvest technologies for cherries destined for distant markets
Victor Hugo Escalona

Ing. Agr. Ph.D.

Professor and researcher

Director of the Study Center

Postharvest University of Chile

18:35 - 19:00 Round of questions
19:00 - 19:05 Closing of the day
- Program subject to change
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