The low-cost renovation of two thousand hectares of coffee in the area of Greece will allow more than 1,106 families dedicated to the cultivation of the golden grain to have greater productivity, quality and increase the income of their homes, as well as reactivate the economy rural area of the Alajuela-Poás-Grecia-Sarchí Rural Territory.
The project contemplates the use of varieties with greater resistance to pests such as rust and highly productive. It is developed multiannually from 2020, 2021 and 2022, in this territory where coffee is one of the first activities, which has been affected by low productivity rates, as well as pests that have impacted production.
The total investment is ₡ 750 million, of which the Rural Development Institute (INDER) contributes ₡ 300 million, ₡ 100 million each year for the 3 years; while the Cooperativa Agroindustrial Victoria R.L. contributes ₡ 450 million, thereby achieving that the cost of the coffee seedling plant is at a lower price for the producer, with respect to market prices.
Precisely, this Friday the executive president of INDER, Harys Regidor, paid a visit to the Coopevictoria R.L. to know the progress of the project, the future projections in terms of coffee production and a comparative analysis was carried out between the current situation and the projected one.
“Coffee continues to be a generator of development in this rural territory. It is a necessity for more rural families, as it allows them to renew their crops at a low cost during a complex time resulting from the pandemic, ”said the chief.
For his part, the Agricultural Manager of CoopeVictoria, Marvin Oviedo, explained that based on an analysis carried out on the plantations of Coopevictoria producers, it was determined that there were very depleted plantations, with varieties susceptible to aggressive diseases such as rust, in addition to management deficient.
“This has strongly affected the profitability of the activity. That is why this project allows us to renew 30% of the plantations in the area of influence and thus increase productivity from 20 to 40 bushels per hectare, which motivates the producer, obtaining 50% more income from the same area planted, thus improving the quality of life of his family and guaranteeing the continuity of the activity ”, he added.
The beneficiaries belong to the communities of San Roque, San Isidro, Puente de Piedra, San José, Bolívar in the canton of Grecia. In addition to the San Pedro, San Rafael, San Juan, Sabana Redonda and Carrillos districts of the Poás canton. Producers from Sarchí Norte, Sur, Sabanilla, Rincón de Alpizar, Alto Castro from the canton of Sarchí also participate; as well as San Isidro, Dulce Nombre and Tambor from the Alajuela canton.
The project will indirectly benefit five thousand families that belong to the Alajuela-Poás-Grecia-Sarchí Territory thanks to the activity, through the creation of jobs and the value chain.
After the presentation of the project, Regidor and producers visited the farms that produce almácigo and the recently renovated farm, coffee plantation in Los Angeles de Grecia.