Peru: Sierra Exportadora to assist first planting of organic bananas in San Miguel de El Faique

Sierra Exportadora will provide support and specialized technical assistance to 30 producers concentrated in the Association of Banana Workers of Merino, in the district of San Miguel de El Faique, a jurisdiction that will install this crop for the first time in its area.

This will be possible thanks to the agreement signed by the district municipality of San Miguel de El Faique with Sierra Exportadora, the Regional Directorate of Agriculture, Dole Peru, and the Banana Association of Merino.



The agreement, which was signed during the Regional Organic Banana Forum held last week at the Sullana Convention Center, aims at promoting the planting of organic bananas in a total area of 113 hectares in San Miguel de El Faique.

The head of Sierra Exportadora in Piura, Juan Castillo Ocaña, said that, with this agreement between the private sector and the public sector, Sierra Exportadora played an important managing and coordinating role as an entity that promotes strategic alliances. 

"Sierra Exportadora will not only give technical assistance in the installation and technical management of the crop, but it will ensure the production of organic bananas complies with the quality standards required by the American and European markets," the official said.

He added that his institution was the public body of the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (MINAGRI) that promoted private investment, productive innovation and the development of a marketable offer with an assured market.



In turn, the mayor of San Miguel de El Faique, Rodrigo Chinchay Pacheco, said he was satisfied because this was the first planting of organic bananas in San Miguel de El Faique, and because it was Piura’s first bonding experience between the private and public sector on organic bananas.

The mayor reiterated his firm commitment and strong support so this project achieves the expected results, and so the jurisdiction gradually cultivates more organic banana.

Under the agreement, the district municipality will contribute to the support of machinery; Dole Peru, the credit delivery of seedlings and buying the organic banana production; while producers will step in with the land, inputs and labor.

The agreement was signed by the district mayor of San Miguel de El Faique, Rodrigo Chinchay; Dole Peru’s manager, Eugenio Guerrero; the head of the Decentralized Headquarters of Sierra Exportadora in Piura, Juan Castillo Ocaña; and the president of the Association of Banana Workers of Merino, an organization comprising more than 50 members, 30 of which are determined to take active part in the project.

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The First Regional Organic Banana Forum was held on October 7 in Sullana, as excels in the cultivation and export of organic bananas to Europe, Asia and the United States.

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