The following article ran in the October 30th issue of Freshfruitportal.com
From what began as a tool for Peruvian growers to gain organic certification and negotiating power with the Dole Food Company, the Piura Center for Small Organic Banana Grower Associations (CEPIBO) has forged ahead with direct fixed contract exports to Europe and North America. The group is now the largest of its kind with 843 containers sent overseas last year. At http://www.freshfruitportal.com we catch up with its general manager Jose Lecarnaque Castro, who finds little rest in his push to get smallholder farmers educated in specialized training.
Photo: Oke Usa
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