Saturday, May 9, 2009

Quinua Diversity Experiment

Quinua Days
Originally uploaded by forbesfarmer
A very educational morning spent with INIA - A Peruvian government agency. This field is an experiment with 28 different Quinua collections. The seeds were collected from all over Central Peru last year and were grown out this year. They will now be tested for yield, pest and disease resistance, seed size, nutrient quality, protein, saponin content, etc. Over the next 5 years they hope to select a native variety which will work best for small scale farmers in this region and can be sold commercially.

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