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Experiment Stations INIA Las Brujas
INIA Las Brujas


INIA-Las Brujas integrates INIA’s national network of regional centers.

It is situated on Route 48, Km.10,  in the Rincon del Colorado area, Department of Canelones

Regional Advisory Board and Working Groups - in Spanish
Organic Agriculture - in Spanish
Guidelines For Integrated Production Of Vegetables And Fruits, in spanish

Brief History

1964 –Established initially as a center for horticultural research within the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock by the name of "Centro de Investigaciones en Fruticultura, Vitivinicultura y Horticultura"
1972 –Under the reorganization of CIAAB (Centro de Investigaciones Agrícolas "Alberto Boerger)",  “Las Brujas” Experiment Station became a part of CIAAB, together with “La Estanzuela” (presently INIA-La Estanzuela) and “Litoral Norte” (now INIA-Salto Grande) Experiment Stations. Besides, two other stations were established within CIAAB at such time, the Northern Agricultural Experiment Station (now INIA-Tacuarembó) and the  Eastern A.R.S.(now INIA-Treinta y Tres).
1989 –The Instituto Nacional de Investigación Agropecuaria (INIA) was created  by the National Law 16.065; Las Brujas Experiment Station becoming then “INIA-Las Brujas”, as one of INIA’s regional centers.



INIA - Las Brujas Today

Area of Influence
From a geographical stand point, the region covered by INIA Las Brujas comprises the entire department of Canelones, the rural districts of Montevideo,  parts of San José, Colonia, Florida, Lavalleja and Maldonado, with special reference to the production of vegetables, fruits and vineyards,  plus intensive animal production.

So the activity of INIA-Las Brujas has as its main recipient this type of farmers in the South of Uruguay, but extended to other regions of the country through coordination with INIA-Tacuarembó and INIA-Salto Grande.

This farming sector takes account of  a 1,8% of the total area of Uruguay but it comprises a 21% of total farm numbers and a 17% of the rural population economically active.

INIA-Las Brujas research priorities are directed to the development of a farm that is able to export, offsetting constraints from a small internal market which is frequently overstocked. The challenge is to generate those technologies that will enable these Uruguayan intensive farms to achieve an effective insertion in the regional market while also allowing their access to markets overseas.

INIA-Las Brujas experiment station is situated in a region characterized by an important diversity of soils (as Brunosols, Vertisols and Planosols), in which the typical soils series of its area of influence are significantly represented.

Since 1991 the area of the station was extended to 446 has. through the acquisition of neighboring properties, foreseeing future research developments for intensive animal production and the evaluation of production systems for different farm produced goods. The area presently dedicated to research for vegetables, fruits and vine has an infrastructure for irrigation based on three earth dams which allow for a water reserve of some 100.000m³.





Lic. Laura Orrego
E.mail: lorrego@inia.org.uy

Address: Rute 48, Km 10 - Rincón del Colorado, Canelones.
Tel:               598 367 77 01        - Fax: 598 367 76 09

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Estación Experimental - INIA Las Brujas
Ruta 48 Km. 10 - Canelones
Tel.: ++ 598 2 367 7641
Fax: ++ 598 2 367 7609