“Growing Together in Harmony” was the theme in the Monte Carmelo Retreat House in San Marcos-Carazo, Nicaragua, where 58 smallholder farmers, 23 Burke Agro employees and 9 local government representatives gathered for Burke Agro’s first Meeting of Raw Material Suppliers. The event focused on strengthening the commercial relationship with the company’s active suppliers of raw materials (mango, pineapple, and pitahaya) as well as presenting the organization’s great achievements from 2016.
In addition to the 2016 achievements, which included the purchase of new organic certificates, increased production numbers from 2015, and the expansion of Burke Agro’s product line, many of the farmers had the opportunity to share their personal success stories and present questions to the Burke Agro managerial staff.
The event was highlighted by a speech from William Burke (Founder and CEO) in which he not only guaranteed to purchase every piece of pitahaya harvested in 2017, but announced a $200K credit fund for the farmers in order to buy more biofuel, modern farming equipment, and new organic certifications.
Burke’s vision for 2017 also includes improving production methods and efficiency, streamlining raw material collection by implementing an interest payment system, and opening credit and long-term bank accounts for growers.
“These are the results of both the hard work that we put in our farms and the company’s support and trust in us.” said Adillo, a pitahaya farmer from the Masaya region, “We can’t wait to see what we can accomplish in 2017.”