While winter still prevails in Western Europe and the trees remain bare, sun-kissed Nadorcott mandarins are now making their way to us from Morocco.
The first container of the year is now on its way from Costa Rica to Europa – filled with fresh organic ginger and turmeric. The beginning of the season coincides with the start of the new year 2021 and promises to be very exciting. Why? Because, for the first time, the harvest is being gathered under new conditions. The completion of the develoPPP.de project in December 2020, implemented together with DEG (Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft), created a comprehensive basis for optimised cultivation and export. And this was despite the restrictions as a result of the coronavirus crisis, which has also hit Costa Rica extremely hard.
The coronavirus crisis is omnipresent, in the media, in society as a whole. In all locations, including in our offices, in the fields and in the packing stations, we have adapted our procedures to comply with the requirements and restructured them where necessary. Colleagues, workers, growers: everyone is pulling together in a combined effort.
(Photo January 2020)
Lisbeth Mora, our BioTropic Project Manager in Costa Rica, is kept extremely busy with her varied workload. We import organic ginger, turmeric and sweet potatoes from this Central American country. Normally, Mora coordinates local cultivation, harvesting and training for smallholders. But what is normal these days? The global coronavirus pandemic arrived in the Central American country some time ago, posing new challenges for its already poor northern region.
It's that time again: peak season in Senegal in the fields and in the packing depot. The ripe mangos are being harvested continuously and prepared for transportation to Duisburg.