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San Miguel as an Organic Destination

By Karla Ortiz

On Tuesday, December 28, the first national congress San Miguel de Allende as organic destination 2017 was held. Participants included producers of vegetables, cheese, meat, artisanal bread, cosmetics, clothing, and some shops in the region, as well as those interested in conferences and students from local universities.

The inauguration was attended by Lic. Ricardo Villarreal, Mayor of San Miguel; Jorge Pérez, Subdelegado de Planeación de SAGARPA; Francisco Gutiérrez, Subsecretary of Competitiveness of the Secretary of Agro-food and Rural Development of Guanajuato; Ignacio Soto, President of the State Agro-food Council; Pavel Hernández, City Hall Trustee 2015-2018; Zonia Torres, Director of Economic Development and Tourism; Alejandro Vasconcelos, President of Sano y Verde; and David Jiménez Rector of the Technological University of San Miguel de Allende.

The main objective of this congress is to promote the trade of local organic producers. Currently in San Miguel there are about 200 organic producers. This is one of the municipalities in the country with the great movement in this sector. Civil associations and municipal government are intent on investing more and more in this sector, either with machinery or training, so that production is greater. They hope not only to seek local commerce, but to grow and become a national or even international entity.

With this forum, they are looking for producers to start exhibiting their merchandise so that they can sell their products directly with potential customers without the need to go through intermediaries. Tourism and San Miguel society itself are now concerned about exactly what they are buying and where the food comes from.

The program consisted of eight lectures: Contract Agriculture given by Alejandro Palacio Landa, General Director of Naturkost; Sustainable Agrotourism given by Mr. Rogelio Martínez Caballero of Sectur Gto.; Benefits of a Trademark taught by Gabriel Ravelo Izquierdo of Instituto Mexicano de la Propiedad Industrial (IMPI); Credit Programs, Irrigation Systems Programs and Certification Financing by Ing. Guillermo Núñez Aispuro from Fideicomisos Instituidos en Relación con la Agricultura (FIRA); Development of Tourism Products for Ranches in Production taught by biologist Héctor Zamora Treviño; Soil Conservation and Water Harvest taught by Julio Ledesma Horta, MasAgro Technician; Food Security for Small Producers taught by Dr. Rebeca Monroy Torres; and Productive Approach of Guanajuato Premium Zone in Organic Production given by Eng. Fabián Vázquez Villalobos.

 

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