MIL OSI Translation. Region: Spanish / Latin America / UN –
Source: Republic of Colombia
Puerto Inírida (Feb. 17/21). The Director for Development and Border Integration of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nancy Benítez, together with the Director of Territorial Sovereignty, Ricardo Montenegro Coral, the representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations -FAO- Alan Bojanic, the Governor of the department of Guainía, Juan Carlos Iral, the mayor of Puerto Inírida, Pablo Acosta and Colonel Nelson Ricardo Fernández Rojas, commander of the Marine Infantry Brigade No. 05 of the Eastern Naval Force, carried out the inauguration of the Project for the Transformation Plant for Chili Pepper Fruits and Amazon Fruit Pulps.
Through the project, a total of 20 leaders who make up the Association of Professionals and Entrepreneurs -ASOPREGUA- benefited, who have managed to consolidate this solidarity organization as an alternative for the generation of productive projects that allows them to improve the quality of life of the associates, with a vision of promoting regional development.
Among the achievements of the project, the implementation of the “Amazonian Fruit Transformation Plant” is highlighted, thus consolidating the Amazonian Fruit Company, which rescues the identity value of Amazonian forest fruits such as the asaí, arazá, copoazú and cocona which are , among others, wild fruits that characterize the traditional ways of eating of the indigenous communities that inhabit the Colombian Amazon. Similarly, it was possible to train the association by getting the participants to implement demonstration plots on their farms with four (4) varieties of chili pepper; aji minkot, aji curabio, aji vaupeseño, and chili pepper or chirere.
ASOPREGUA has consolidated production transformation processes, consolidating today its own brand called “Ajígua, the mystery of the jungle”, which includes pure chili, chili in sauce with Amazonian fruits and dehydrated chili. With the product of chili in three presentations, and Amazonian fruits in pulp and juices, ASOPREGUA is making its way into local and departmental markets, with the firm commitment to move to national and international stages. To date, these products, which comply with production, hygiene and safety standards, already have the invima registration, which will undoubtedly facilitate the commercialization process.
This project is a good example that organizations can agency their own development, making use of their local and community assets, and where the entities play only a role of support and accompaniment to these territorial initiatives.
These actions are part of the strategic alliance achieved between the Plan Fronteras de Cancillería, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations – FAO, the Government of Guainía and the Mayor’s Office of Puerto Inírida and the National Learning Service (SENA) .
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