The celebration of the second edition of the Chilean horticultural fair HortiTrade 2019, in O'Higgins, generated a space for the growth and consolidation of new businesses for regional horticultural producers. In addition to obtaining important figures and data on the sector, entrepreneurs and producers were also able to attend two important business conferences - a national business conference and an international one, with representatives from Brazil and Mexico. In addition, attendees were able to visit various stands that offered the latest trends in inputs for the horticultural industry.
The Undersecretary of Agriculture, Alfonso Vargas, said he was very happy to be in O'Higgins. "This seminar is very important for this area's agriculture. Horticulture is mainly focused on producing for national consumption, but since we are a small economy we have to see how they can access new markets and this is the opportunity to achieve the necessary contacts.”
Mayor Juan Manuel Masferrer stressed that “agriculture is fundamental within our regional strategy and a major objective for President Sebastian Piñera. The goal of HortiTrade is that our vegetable producers can associate and generate better businesses that benefit all the people of the region. It will obviously benefit producers and will also generate development and employment; therefore it is tremendously important.”
Maria Sofia Silva, ProChile's regional director at O'Higgins, said “we have a strategic alliance with Corfo and Horticrece and our participation in Hortitrade is to bring importers together. The activity consists of a seminar, a national business conference, and we are in charge of the international business conference. This year we brought two importers from Brazil and an importer from Mexico interested in acquiring garlic and onions, which is the most consolidated exportable offer that we have today in that region and the country.”
According to the representative of the Roca de Mexico company, Miguel Ronquillo, “ProChile invited us to come to market and import garlic into Mexico City, since there is a commercial window that opens every year from November to February. The Pacific Alliance allows us to import with zero tariffs. We are experimenting with new markets and we want to see if there is a possibility of doing business here in Chile.”