Upcoming UOG agriculture workshops: Papaya cultivation and mango grafting
Tips and techniques for bountiful papaya and mango production will be the topics of two upcoming public workshops being offered through the Beginning Farmer & Rancher Development Program at the University of Guam’s Western Pacific Tropical Research Center. The workshops are free and open to the first 25 participants to register.
With many gardens and farms devastated by Typhoon Mawar, papaya is one tree that will grow and produce fruit quickly. Workshop participants will learn from horticulturalist Dr. Robert Bevacqua and Extension Agent Mark Acosta about the best varieties of papaya for Guam and sustainable practices like drip irrigation to optimize fruit production. Rynette Perez, assistant coordinator of UOG Extension’s Community Nutrition Education Program, will also inform participants on the nutritional value of this plentiful local fruit.
Mango growers can improve the production and quality of their trees’ fruit by propagating desirable varieties through the horticultural technique of grafting. Participants will learn the basics of the technique from a panel of grafting pioneers and will be able to take home their own mango tree grafted with a variety from the mango orchard at UOG’s Ija Research & Education Center. The workshop will also inform participants about the nutritional benefits of and major disease threats to mango.
These workshops are supported, in part, by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food & Agriculture.