According to the Horticultural Association of Colombia, Asohofrucol, the National Plan for Horticultural Promotion (PNFH), which during its first year motivated 36,876 people to become fruit and vegetable producers, has become the main strategy for a sector which aims to be one of the most prominent for the national economy in 2022.
For the sector, this first year has been deemed a success; a year full of positive experiences and challenges on which to continue working. Special attention will be paid to aspects as important as project management, field schools, specialised technical assistance, credit management, productive alliances and support for the strengthening of regional committees and productive chains.
"During the next ten years, we seek for each region to specialise in a given product to become sustainable, competitively speaking. That is the key of our plan," assured Álvaro Ernesto Palacio Peláez, general manager of Asohofrucol.
According to the report, 247 productive projects have been managed through the PNFH with a total cost of 237,136,000 pesos (122.6 million dollars). These projects were developed in Bolívar, Cauca, Córdoba, Huila and Nariño.
Regarding training, 18,000 growers benefited from Farmer Field Schools, improving their knowledge in areas such as the setting up of plantations, pest and illness control, and nutrition and soil management.
Another achievement this year was the strengthening of twenty regional producer committees of avocado, citrus, mango, raspberry, passion-flower, banana, coconut and deciduous. Agreements were also established with the Ministry of Social Protection, FAO and the World Food Bank to promote the consumption of fruit and vegetables, as well as healthy lifestyles.