Cactus pear has gained an important place in the agricultural systems as a source of forage, particularly in subsistence agriculture...
Cactusnet is an international technical cooperation network on cactus created in 1993 by the FAO and ICARDA.
The FAO-ICARDA CACTUSNET is established on voluntary basis, and aims to
- Collect and disseminate information on cactus production
- Facilitate the collection and utilization of germplasm.
- Promote the ecological and social benefits of cactus pear.
- Develop new food and carminic acid uses.
- Work with national partners to improve technical capability.
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Through the Technical Cooperation Program (TCP)FAO-ICARDA has given technical assistance for improving the cactus cultivation and utilization in Argentina, Eritrea, Iran and Ethiopia. Cuba, Namibia, Mauritania and Pakistan have also expressed their interest of having the FAO-ICARDA/TCP support.
Usage of Cactus
Fruit can be processed for jams, marmalades and syrups, or preserved in sugar syrup. Fruit juice may be consumed fresh...
Numerous medicinal properties have already been scientifically evaluated in animal models, in vitro experiments as well as in humans.
Cochineals (Dactylopius spp) are insects thriving on Opuntia cactus pear species of particular interest, mainly for two important uses, firstly,...
Cactus pear is one of the species that can be used for food as vegetables “nopalitos” for human consumption. With...