special, organic and Fairtrade labels, beekeeping and agrotourism cafes are productive bets for the victims of this area of the country that suffered violence of the FARC and two paramilitary groups and predation by illicit crops.
By: Maria Jose Paris
Magdalena coffee farms unionized in Red Ecolsierra bet you develop an agrotourism and ecotourism in the rural area taking advantage of all the biodiversity that exists in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and the benefits of organic coffee grown there.
According to Victor Cordero Ardila, Director of the Network of Ecological Producers of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta (Ecolsierra), the association has spent 15 years advances in a third strategic plan that will allow you to visualize a future with a broad and positive horizon on the subject tourist.
After a rigorous study thanks to the advice of the United Nations and other specialized agencies in tourism there is a recognition on the material potential offered by nature that constitute the material capital of a territory to be exploited sustainably, from a competitive project at national and international level.
He explained that RedEcolsierra is an association of small producers that shelters about 425 unionized families in 23 grassroots groups distributed in the four coffee municipalities that have the Sierra Nevada (Santa Marta, Cienaga, Aracataca and Foundation) and make the coffee belt Magdalena department.
The union executive also said the magdalenense territory has cultivated 22,000 hectares of coffee from a coffee belt of 80,000 hectares. He said the association has 6,000 hectares, of which 2,000 are already certified organic standards and also bet on other alternatives from strategic plans.
Moreover, Cordero acknowledged that although the Sierra Nevada only one crop a year unlike the coffee axis is given, that gives it a valuable features as a marketing strategy to sell the product but also constitutes a disadvantage from the point of view of cash flow for the families that depend on this unique production.
.He argued that in recent years have focused efforts towards seeking organic certification to add value to coffee considering that the average planted per hectare ranges from 4500 to 5000 plants. This certification has allowed for special stamps that facilitate market entry of the European Economic Community, the United States and Japan
VÍCTOR CORDERO ARDILA,
Director Red Ecolsierra
Thanks to the investments that have been made on farms throughout these 15 years we are working on two strategic lines 2021, one is the farm holidays and the other is ecotourism. We recently signed an agreement with the United Nations and will develop a pilot in Santa Marta and Cienaga other locations to take advantage of the coffee farms, '' said Cordero.
With the installation of these solar panels 80% of the energy consumed by the Ecolsierra Red is generated.
With this plant 80% of total consumption Network Ecolsierra company, which is a cooperative of coffee growers in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and through which the farmers market their product is generated.
The solar energy company in Santa Marta Ecosolar installed the first solar power plant injected into the conventional electricity grid, as explained Angelo Peralta, manager of the company in the city.
"Ecosolar is a company in the renewable energy sector is the only company in the city and we are currently providing solutions for system not connected to the network and injected into the network systems. Our services are aimed at the city, industry and trade residential group ".
He added that "we just installed the first floor fed into the grid, which is installed in the city, he settled in the company Red Ecolsierra are 6 kW injected into the network that will generate 80 percent of consumption that is currently having that company. "
ÁNGELO PERALTA, GERENTE de Ecosolar en la sede de Ecolsierra
during installation of the first plant of its kind in the city.
Said the manager of the entity that "this is a plant of latest technology, with solar panels of 230 watts, with all international certifications and is approved by the technical standard electrical Colombian, an investor who has the ability to deliver real-user information of the generation that is delivering the plant, how much energy is being consumed and how much is being poured to the network ".
Likewise he informed that you can display power consumption through a platform that can be followed on his cell phone and the plant has the ability to inform the user when it have some kind of problem. "
The plant is installed in the Logistics Industrial Park, Km 3 via a Gaira, "there are facilities Ecolsierra Red where there is a solar array of 25 panels with inverter, we bidirectional counter to reverse power if you are not consuming, conventional power grid. "
INJECTED TO THE NETWORK
This solar energy is injected into the conventional electricity grid, "what we do is that energy generated by solar panels through an inverter that converts the DC power to C, we injected directly into the electrical circuit that currently has the company generating more energy. "
"The pattern is that as we are closer to the switchboard, to that extent the energy that is injected will be taken by the teams who are demanding loads, if a surplus that can not generate the solar plant is needed, that energy It is to take the power grid Electricaribe. "
He clarified that also depending on the size of the plant and power generation, "that percentage is which one will discount the consumer currently has, therefore speak with this plant just installed, we are generating 80 percent of total consumption can be Ecolsierra Network company, which is a cooperative of coffee growers in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and through this cooperative market their product. "
"These farmers have access to the benefits that gives them the Cooperative, in the sense that install them isolated system, because there we have arrived with our solar silvers today the company that distributes the electrical power can not do it, either by distance and because they are hard to reach areas, so we give energy with solar plants 24 hours a day, "he said.
El equipo del Fondo Reconciliación Colombia, junto con representantes de la Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO), la Unidad de Restitución de Tierras (URT), la Agencia Presidencial de Cooperación Internacional de Colombia (APC) y la Asociación Nacional de Empresarios de Colombia (ANDI), acompañados por representantes de la Embajada de Suecia y socios de estas organizaciones, viajaron a los departamentos de Sucre, Magdalena y Bolívar del 28 al 30 de mayo para visitar los proyectos productivos que Suecia apoyó técnica y financieramente de 2013 a 2015. Varios de estas iniciativas hoy hacen parte del Banco de proyectos de la Corporación Reconciliación Colombia.
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The features found possible to improve the position of this natural product on the market and create a marketing abroad.
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