Jul. 13, 2017
BioNovelus has launched a series of events in Guatemala intended to introduce local producers and growers to disruptive, environmentally-responsible, agricultural solutions. The first presentation was held on July 6 at the Chamber of Commerce in Guatemala City. Additional BioNovelus Discovery Workshops will be held in the main Guatemalan cities from August to October 2017.
BioNovelus presented its first two-hour workshop facilitated by Jean Ekobo, BioNovelus CEO and founder, and agronomic engineer Elmer Nij Reyes from Agrinco, who is in charge of CR-10 agricultural field trials for BioNovelus in Central America.
The great turnout of 34 people for this first workshop included fruit and vegetable producers, coffee growers, large exporters of fruits and vegetables, agro-researchers from a prestigious Guatemalan university, and even representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture.
Mr. Ekobo stated, “This workshop series gives BioNovelus the opportunity to introduce CR-10 face-to-face to the companies that need it most, and to show concrete field trial results. The agricultural producers we met told us their constant challenges and frustration with bacteria and fungi development, especially in greenhouses, and the unfortunate escalated need for them to use three to four toxic chemical agents to try to keep these pathogens under control.”
“These pathogens have a direct influence on the size of yield,” Ekobo continues. “We believe CR-10 can replace the over-usage of chemical agents and therefore help these companies significantly improve their yields and improve their bottom lines while preserving the environment. With the rising global demand for fruits and vegetables, CR-10 comes at the right time.”
In 2015, Guatemala exported $11.8B. The United States is Guatemala’s top export destination ($4.28B). Agriculture comprises approximately 75 percent of Guatemala’s export earnings, and accounts for half of the labor force. Close to 40 percent of the agriculture exported is shipped to the United States.
The Chamber of Commerce of Guatemala City hosted the event and is providing invaluable assistance in the organization and promotion of the workshops. Established in 1894, the Chamber has been an important engine in the development of the Guatemalan commercial and business sector. They are an essential aspect of making speedy and successful connections with Guatemalan companies. BioNovelus is proud to be a member of this organization.