A new actor has appeared on the kiwi stage: the Green Angel, a spontaneous genetic mutation (verified as stable) of the classic Hayward kiwi.
The fruit is very similar to its progenitor, even better in certain characteristics like higher brix and percentage of dry matter, parameters that are becoming increasingly important in international markets.
In contrast the plant that grows them is smaller, which makes it necessary to plant them in much higher densities than all the other actinidia clones to achieve optimal quantitative production targets.
This particularity gives it a strong resistance to bacterial infections (PSA), a pathogen that is very difficult to control when it encounters favourable climatic conditions. In fact, the first installations of Green Angel kiwi showed no symptoms of “blight”.
This complex phenomenon, still being studied by phytohealth services, still represents a serious problem in many Italian areas and leads to radical hypoxia, with the consequent sudden drying of the plants.
The resistance of the Green Angel kiwi means that it requires fewer pesticides and energy for irrigation, factors that result in a lower impact on the environment.
As noted, the Green Angel requires a much narrower spacing that is still being studied. Indicatively the layout should be 3.5-4.0 m x 1 m. This approach also requires a support and protection structure that is different from traditional installations,
resulting in a modified form of farming that is still in the process of being fully defined.
And since Valente is always leading the way when it comes to new developments, we have already built this type of installation in Argenta (FE) for our customer Azienda Agricola Stuoia di Piva Gaetano.
The structure has a layout of 4 m x 1 m and has an anti-hail cover.
The support structures were built using the innovative MULTI-V multi-functional adjustable brackets, a creative solution that has proved to be extremely effective due to the particular characteristics of this cultivar.