In Pinofranqueado more than one hundred people gathered to participate in the talks about chestnut. An outline of what is and could become the Mosaic Project was presented by Professor Pulido and then the two experts invited to the talk participated. Pablo Linares, a technician who works chestnut in the Bierzo leonés, showed in a series of images, like this sector, traditional of that region, but in decline, it has been recovered in a few years. He told us about the threats that must be taken into account, when carrying out a productive chestnut plantation, and its advantages and strengths in a market that is growing. The talk pointed to agronomic issues, such as pests, advantages and weaknesses of hybrid seedlings, of some varieties of chestnuts, or of the extreme conditions in the harvesting of chestnuts in El Bierzo, because of its orography, which the assistants of the Hurdes He remembered his own region. He ended by talking about the need for the transformation of chestnut, to strengthen the sector and generate more economic development in the territory. Specifically in the Bierzo had just released to the market a beer derived from the chestnut.
Efrén Martín, from the Agrocastaña company in La Villuercas, brought the potential of this crop to Extremadura’s realities. He gave us an overview of the situation in Extremadura and the attractiveness, which this plantation can have, for agrarian entrepreneurs. The talk was revived, when it came to a summary, but enlightening, exposition of how to focus on the field a plantation of its own, which must be taken into account, the climatic and soil conditions, the need for water, etc. The issue of the advantages and weaknesses of a number of common varieties of chestnut and the priority issue, whether to opt for hybrids or not, caught the interest of the attendees and in the debate many questions focused on these issues. As field people know, any new crop or new variety needs detailed information and also decision and initiative. This talk served as a general framework, to have an accurate map of the most significant issues that we have to take into account if we want to have healthy and productive chestnuts. It is a sector that is growing and offering market prices that make it very viable. For the Mosaic Project, it is one of the most important crops, and for our counties an ally for development. On this website we will publish the documents that the speakers used in their talk. The Mosaico project will continue to carry out this type of talks throughout its development.