Frutera undertook to reforest an area of the banks of the Madre Vieja River, as part of the commitments acquired in the Technical Working Group of the Madre Vieja River, to help mitigate and adapt to climate change.
With the reforestation of these 7.43 hectares in one of its farms, Frutera exceeded the goal. “We are proud that this project will serve as a model to replicate in other farms”, said Bernardo Roehrs, corporate director of the banana company Frutera. The members of the Technical Working Group of the Madre Vieja River have visited the Frutera reforestation area to replicate the project.
The reforested area has 10 native species from the region. Additionally, Frutera has a nursery with capacity for more than 5,000 trees. Frutera undertook the establishment of the nursery, of planting and maintaining and irrigating the reforested area. The National Institute of Forests and the Institute of Climate Change conduct monthly monitoring of the area.
The Technical Working Group is made up of the private sector, the National Institute of Forests -INAB-, the Institute for Climate Change -ICC-, government agencies and community leaders.
With the objective of ensuring the health and well-being of its workers, Frutera carried out a “helth day” in the workplace, benefiting men and women from all the tasks of the farms.
The day was carried out to 975 field workers and packing plants and administrative personnel. It was extended to the schools where the children of the employees of Frutera, Escuela las Guacas, Masagua, Escuintla; School Colonia la Libertad, Magueyes village 1 and 2 of San José Escuintla; and San José Mogollón, Nueva Concepción Escuintla. In total, 2, 765 people were benefited, among workers of Frutera and children of the schools.
Diseases caused by parasites and others of the stomach type are the most common in the area; that is why the company accompanies these days with hygiene campaigns, such as the importance of washing hands and consuming safe water.
“The health of our employees occupies a high priority in the company’s agenda, which is why we are committed to contributing to the health of our people and promoting initiatives that contribute to improving their quality of life,” said Walter Tello , Coordinator of Community Relations of Frutera.
|Frutera, the banana producer, through the Community Development Committee COCODE, managed a meeting with banana, plantain and palm oil companies’ representatives, in order to follow up the maintenance of the road of village Bolivia.
Through the Technical Committee, the dialogue in which the companies agreed to take over the maintenance began. The companies will take turns every month, because it is a project for everyone’s benefit; neighboring communities and the companies that use this road.
The meeting was held on August 9 at the community’s health post, with the participation of the following companies: Frutera, Plantaciones Nahualate, Finca Avicinia, Finca Zanjón Negro, La Cuchilla, Palo Blanco and La Bellota.
These meetings are held regularly to discuss community projects that contribute to the development of the area.
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