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Agroamerica gets new fleet of high technology trucks to improve service

Agroamerica gets new fleet of high technology trucks to improve service

Guatemala, October 2011. Agroamerica recently acquired a fleet of 20 new trucks with the latest technological innovations to improve efficiency and customer service. The head of Agroamerica’s transportation division remarked that the new fleet of trucks is equipped with special features based on the terrain and driving conditions of the segment trucks use to deliver fruit to the port. The companies Kenilworth and Cummins designed the “Mayatrucks” for exclusive use of AgroAmerica. “This will allow us to improve efficiency and performance”, said the company official.

Agroamerica has an innovative training program for the drivers of the fleet. They receive theoretical and hands-on classes in top-of-the-line truck simulators, and after completing the courses, they are certified to drive any type of truck or load and drivers receive a diploma endorsed by the Ministry of Education in a technical discipline. “We believe that with this program we are contributing to road safety of our country”, said the head of the division.

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Agroamérica trained its personnel in Civics in preparation for the General Elections held on September 11th of this year

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Guatemala, September 2011. In order to foster a positive attitude and encourage a sense of civic duty in its employees to vote responsibly and conscientiously, Agroamérica together with the civic association, GuateÁmala, conducted a workshop whose theme was “Building a Culture of Citizenship”.

More than 1,300 employees from the farms and administrative offices participated in the workshop which initially trained the first group of participants who were then responsible for passing on their training to the next group and so on. The methodology utilized in the workshop included a series of reflections and dialogues about citizenship and community development designed to awaken the desire to become a part of the change needed in Guatemala.

The first part of the workshop focused on describing to the participants the Guatemala that we want to build. The second part was to teach them that, together, we form a part of the democratic government and are stewards of it. In the third part, the participants were encouraged to learn the responsibilities of each public office represented in the general elections and evaluate each candidate’s political platform in order to be able to vote intelligently. At the end of the workshop, the participants made a promise to pass this important knowledge on to the people within their spheres of influence.

Several of the participants of this workshop expressed that they now feel better informed and motivated to go and vote:
“The dynamics of the workshop changed our understanding of how to vote in the upcoming elections.”
“We women now feel very enthusiastic about voting; for some of us, it will be our first time. This workshop has motivated us to vote more conscientiously.”
“Many of us were not aware that during the voting process we would be given five different colored ballots. Now we clearly understand how to vote.”

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Agroamerica organized a free medical care clinic in two towns of Coatepeque, Quetzaltenango

Agroamerica organized a free medical care clinic in two towns of Coatepeque, Quetzaltenango

Agroamérica, through their Corporate Social Responsibility Program, Better Families, offered a free medical clinic day in two villages of Coatepeque, Quetzaltenango, Los Encuentros and Las Ventanas.

The doctors and nurses who came from Xelajú, attended more than 200 people (adults and children), mostly relatives of Agroamerica workers. Medical staff treated respiratory diseases, diarrhea and skin infections and provided the medicine.

Agroamérica undertook the activity together with Oficina de la Mujer, the wife of the Mayor of Coatepeque and the Episcopal Diocese of San Marcos.

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Agroamérica reinforced the riverbanks and dredged the Mico River to protect the communities from flooding

Agroamérica reinforced the riverbanks and dredged the Mico River to protect the communities from flooding

Guatemala, September 2011. As part of their social responsibility program, Agroamérica collaborated with local communities to help build up the riverbanks and dredge the Mico River in the town of Huitzitzil in Tiquisate, Escuintla. This river was negatively affected by hurricane Agatha last year. The company invested $6,000.00 U.S. dollars in the project in the form of machinery, materials, fuel, and labor. The project was undertaken in conjunction with the municipality of Tiquisate.

This riverbank reinforcement benefitted a number of communities that are isolated by the flooding of the Mico River. With the arrival of the rainy season, the inhabitants of these communities live in fear of having their homes and possessions carried away by flood waters in this disaster prone area. Another problem caused by the flooding of the Mico River is the destruction of the main highway, which also cuts off their ability to communicate with the rest of the country.

The towns that benefitted from this project were Huitzitzil, San Francisco Madre Vieja, Las Trozas, El Semillero and Ticanlú in the Municipality of Tiquisate, Escuintla. The inhabitants of these towns and the Mayor of Tiquisate expressed their appreciation for Agroamérica?s help and support.

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Agroamérica offers scholarships to El Zamorano

Agroamérica offers scholarships to El Zamorano

Guatemala, September 2011. Agroamérica donates each year (for 5 years) US$25,000 to the Guatemalan Agricultural Development Endowment Fund (FDDAG) which exists thanks to the generous donations made by agribusiness entrepreneurs from Guatemala. The purpose of this scholarship fund is to offer economic help to outstanding young men and women who exhibit leadership qualities and have already been accepted at the agricultural college El Zamorano but lack the financial resources to pay for their education.

This scholarship fund was created in Guatemala to allow academically bright young people from rural areas of the country to further their professional studies at El Zamorano so that they may return to their communities and enrich the lives of those less fortunate and help further the development of those communities.

On September 21st, an art auction will be held to raise money for this scholarship fund. The objective is to strengthen this fund’s endowment to increase the number of scholarships offered each year.

Gustavo Bolaños, President of the farming division of Agroamérica, commented, “Human resources are very important to us, and it is for this reason that we support the agricultural scholarship fund. Our goal is to provide opportunities for low-income Guatemalans to study at an internationally recognized institution such as El Zamorano. We have been employing graduates of this school for the past few years, and they have greatly contributed to our success and growth as a company.”

Testimonies:

José Arnoldo Buezo Alvarado: “I am infinitely grateful and the best way I have to show that gratitude is by demonstrating the abilities for which I was chosen to receive this prestigious scholarship.”

Yury Tecún: “I am very happy and grateful to Agroamérica for this scholarship. There is no doubt that it will radically change my life because a degree from El Zamorano will open countless doors for me to be successful professionally as well as personally, and I will be able to contribute economically to my family and to the development of my country.”

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Agroamerica, in support of the national sport, donates bananas to the Guatemala City 21K Half Marathon.

Agroamerica, in support of the national sport, donates bananas to the Guatemala City 21K Half Marathon.

Guatemala, September 2011. Agroamerica collaborated with a donation of bananas to help support the more than 10,000 runners from all over the world who participated in the Third Annual Guatemala City 21K Half Marathon, organized by the municipality of Guatemala.

Agroamerica actively supports athletic events that contribute to a healthy lifestyle for Guatemalans and also promote the sport of running. “We at Agroamérica are concerned about the sound development of our country, and we know that playing a sport is a way to prevent juvenile delinquency and violence”, according to José Gálvez, vice-president of the commercial sector of Agroamerica.

For a number of years now, Agroamérica has collaborated with the organizers of the “Carrera del Azúcar” (the Sugar Race) in the department of Escuintla. Employees of the company and residents of the towns surrounding the company farms also participate in this race. “Agroamérica donates bananas because they are an excellent source of nutrients and electrolytes such as carbohydrates, potassium, and natural sugar which are all needed by athletes and are a source of quick energy”, added Nisrin Nassar, account manager at Agroamérica .

Bananas are a very good source of nutrition for athletes and those who want to lead a healthy lifestyle. They are purported to be a natural remedy for depression, can improve mood, and help avoid insomnia. Bananas are a good source of energy, lower hypertension, and prevent strokes, arthritis, and metabolic abnormalities. They also improve the growth and texture of hair and their consumption may stop hair loss. Bananas stimulate the production of hemoglobin, which prevents anemia; they reduce serum cholesterol levels and relieve premenstrual cramps and muscle cramps, among their other benefits.

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