The Agricultural Experimental Station of Arequipa has begun the conservation of 300 varieties of rocoto, 32 genotypes of papaya arequipeña and 30 of grapes, to avoid their disappearance in time.
Rocoto, also known as Capsicum Pubescens is native to Bolivia and Peru and dates back to pre-Incan times. It consists of a slightly spicy fruit and it comes in red, orange or yellow colors.
“Valeriano Huanco Sacachipana, director of the Agricultural Experimental Station of Arequipa, explained that the job is to obtain the seeds of the referred varieties, products from the southern region, and then send them to the genetic seed bank”, wrote Andina News Agency.
This work is done in the facilities of the Agricultural Experimental Station of Arequipa, whose specialists go through different areas of the region identifying and collecting the varieties of the plants in research, for the later obtaining of the seeds.
Huanco said that obtaining the genotypes and their conservation in the seed bank will allow the varieties of the Arequipeño products not to be lost over the years.