How it all started
San Juan Agroexport was looking for a technically oriented company that could make a key value-added contribution to its business through research and development activities. The first agreement with Bayer was signed in December 2008 and the synergies have continued ever since.
What we aimed to achieve
The high standards demanded by San Juan Agroexport’s customers include product quality and consistent supplies throughout the year. Compliance with certification schemes, e.g. GLOBALG.A.P. and Tesco Nurture, is also a key factor. To this end, the aim of this Food Chain Partnership project has been to improve quality in all aspects of production and export activities, i.e. safe management of pesticides, operator safety, sustainable production, export competitiveness
and everyday improvements in good agricultural practices. To achieve these goals, Bayer specialists have provided San Juan Agroexport staff and farmers with technical support in integrated pest and disease management.
left: Juan Carlos González Sales Representative Bayer Guatemala - right: Ing. Victor Hugo García General Manager San Juan Agroexport
Who is involved
San Juan Agroexport: As one of the largest exporters of fresh vegetables from Guatemala, San Juan Agroexport has a portfolio that includes french beans and organic french beans, snow peas, sugar snaps, baby zucchini, brussels sprouts and baby corn. In 15 departments of
Guatemala, San Juan Agroexport produces, processes and markets agricultural produce of excellent quality in a responsible, competitive and sustainable way.
Farmers: San Juan Agroexport manages around 20,000 contract farmers, and at least half of them are involved in this project.
Bayer: The contribution to this project includes research and development work on pests and diseases, legal and technical support, and training in good agricultural and manufacturing practices.