The Chilean Organic Producers Cooperative, Organicoop, whose mission is to be recognized as Chile's most reputable producer and supplier cooperative of organic products, was incorporated.
The new entity, founded by Carolina Dosal - Vice President of Fedefruta and President of Frusptima - is composed of the companies AFE Organico, Agricola y Forestal El Yacal, Agricola y Comercial Asturias, Agricola Santa Isabel de Cato (ASICSA), Exportadora Frutifor, Exportadora Curico, and the Agroecology R&D Center, which jointly produce organic apples, pears, blueberries, among other products between Maule and Ñuble.
Organicoop's statute and code of ethics have relevant milestones that stand out at the national and global level as it was specially designed in a year of joint work with expert advisors in the formation of cooperatives.
The code is based on agroecological principles such as recycling, functional diversification, resilience, self-management, cooperation, balanced biotic regulation, and articulation of sale in short circuits, among others. "These are ideas that forge a way of thinking, beyond the mere replacement of synthetic inputs by authorized inputs, which is what national ecological ventures commonly do," Organicoop stated.
The agricultural companies that make up the Chilean Organic Producers Cooperative are also part of the Technological Transfer Group (GTT) of Frutales Organica del Centro Sur.
Innovation, development, and ecological education are central axes for Organicoop. In fact, according to the cooperative's statute, an important part of the surpluses generated annually will be allocated to R&D. "This will allow developing various business models from applied science, based on the real problems that members face and future challenges, especially in a climate change and post-pandemic scenario, in which the demand for organic products will increase,” the promoters of Organicoop stated.
Julieta Romero, ProChile's regional director in Maule, was present at the signing ceremony that formally launched Organicoop. “This is the start of our dream of becoming inclusive leaders in agroecological-based organic management. The Yaconi, Van Bavel, and Dosal families, together with Luis Acuña from ASICSA, and Carlos Pino from the Agroecology R&D Center are the founders of this associated idea of producing and selling organic products from Maule and Ñuble to Chile and the world using a new scheme,” they stated.