Fruit Production - Warm Climate 100 Hours Certificate Course
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Fruit Production - Warm Climate 100 Hours Certificate Course
Fruit Production - Warm Climate course online. Expand you understanding of tropical and sub tropical fruit growing. The course includes sections on Avocados, Pineapples, Macadamias, Paw Paws and Cashews. This course has been designed to be especially applicable to tropical and sub-tropical conditions.
A good example of a country where fruit production in warm climates is important to a developing country for its economy, in feeding its population and for exporting around the world, is Ecuador in South America. It produces banana, pineapple, cacao, coconut, mango, watermelon, and papaya, plus many more exotic fruits.
Pitahaya (see photo) for example, belonging to the dragon-fruit family, is very different to other fruit grown in tropical and sub tropical areas. It is yellow on the outside and white inside. Its flesh is sweet and the combination of tiny seeds embedded in a high-fibre pulp (resembling frog-spawn) is thought to help clean the colon, according to Ecuadorians living in Guayaquil especially.
Learning Goals: Fruit Production - Warm Climate BHT217
- Identify different types of fruit crops, which can be successfully grown in a specific region.
- Explain the nature of the fruit industry in a specific region.
- Determine the cultural requirements for different fruit crops.
- Develop a plan for the establishment of an orchard.
- Formulate appropriate methods for marketing specific fruit crops grown in your locality.
- Develop a calendar for cultural management of a fruit plantation, or orchard
Lesson Structure: Fruit Production - Warm Climate BHT217
There are 8 lessons in this course:
1 Introduction To Warm Climate Fruit Growing
- Deciding what to grow
- Where to get helpful informationm and start networking
- Scope of Warm Fruit Growing -Review of main groups: Citrus, Berries, Nuts, Vines, Other fruits.
- Understanding plant naming
- Review of tropical fruit families:Anacardiaceae, Annonaceae, Apocynaceae, Bombaceae, Bursaraceae, Ebenaceae, Euphorbiaceae, Fabaceae, Flacourtiaceae, Guttiferae, Lauraceae, Lecythidaceae, Malpighiaceae, Meliaceae, Moraceae, Musaceae, Myrtaceae, Oxalidaceae, Palmae, Pasifloraceae, Proteaceae, Rhamnaceae,Rubiaceae,Rutaceae, Sapindaceae.
- The botany of a fruit
2 Types of Fruits
- Establishing An Orchard
- Develop a plan for the establishment of an orchard
- Site considerations -choosing a site
- Understanding Soils and Nutrition
- Soil Testing
- Several warm climate fruits are then reviewed including: Avocado Banana, Citrus, Cocao, Coffee, Macadamia and Paw Paw
3 General Cultural Practices
- Fertilsers and Nutrition
- Pest and Disease -determining and managing problems
- What problems occur on what fruit plants
- Weed control
- Frost and sun protection
4 Tree Fruits
- Star Fruit (Carambola)
- Custard Apple
- White Sapote
- Paw Paw
5 Nuts, Vines and Berries
- Lilly Pilly
- Brazil Nut
6 Citrus and other Fruits
- Suitability to different climates.
- Sweet Orange
- Meyer Lemon and other Lemons
- Pomegranate, Persimmon, Quandong etc
7 Cultural Management Of A Fruit Plantation or Orchard
- Flow charting a crop
8 Marketing Your Produce
- Considering marketing options
- Market Research
- Maintaining marketing standards and selling
Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.
Practicals (What You Will Do):
- Compile a resource file of different sources of information regarding commercial fruit varieties.
- Compare the facilities used to produce six different fruit crops, in a specified locality.
- Determine criteria for selecting a fruit variety to grow as a commercial crop in your locality.
- Select five different fruit varieties with commercial potential for a specified location.
- Analyse the physical layout of a specified orchard.
- Determine the scope of commercial fruit growing in a specified locality.
- Demonstrate standard soil tests to three different soils to determine:
- Soil type
- Water holding capacity
- Evaluate the different soils tested to determine their suitability for growing different fruit varieties.
- Analyse the culture
- Weed control
- Soil management
- Pest control
- Disease control
- Determine soil management practices, including:
- Soil structure
- Weed control
- Determine the susceptibility of specified fruit species to pest and disease problems.
- Explain how to control different specified pests and diseases, on different fruit varieties grown.
- Develop sets of guidelines for pruning different types of fruits.
- Determine the factors which are critical to growing fruit trees in the your locality.
- Determine criteria to select a site for fruit growing in your locality.
- Compare the physical layout of two different orchards you visit.
- Prepare a plan for establishing a fruit growing area, in your locality, including:
- Concept layout plan drawn to scale
- Materials list (including plants)
- Cost estimates for establishment.
- Analyse different marketing systems in the fruit industry, including at local, national and international levels.
- Explain common reasons for price fluctuations in the fruit industry.
- Compare different fruit crops in relation to different factors, including:
- Storage requirements
- Storage life
- Harvesting time
- Shelf life
- Transport to market
- Evaluate the presentation and packaging of different fruits, for marketing through different marketing systems.
- Analyse different marketing strategies used by a specific fruit grower.
- Develop a marketing strategy, including:
- Marketing stages
- Marketing schedule (ie. timetable)
- Estimated marketing costs
- Handling procedures
- Promotions, for a specific fruit crop.
- Differentiate between the cultural practices undertaken by different growers, on the same crop, grown in two different localities.
- Determine the cultural practices necessary to grow different fruit crops for a twelve month period, on a specified site.
- Prepare a monthly calender, covering a twelve month period, for cultural practices in a fruit plantation or orchard you choose.
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