Nestor Ramirez

Coopeproagro

Hola, my name is Nestor Ramirez and I am the manager of Coopeproagro, Thank you for buying our delicious organic pineapples.

Coopeproagro is a cooperative of 6 organic pineapple farms in the north of Costa Rica. This region is ideal for organic pineapple production because we have the right soil, temperature and enough rain. Thank you for buying our delicious organic pineapples. Our organic farms are quite small compared to the large conventional businesses and this means the relationship between the farm manager and the workers is much more direct and informal. Each farm employs between 6 – 8 workers who conduct a wide range of activities. Because of the close bond, we see our employees more as part of the family and the feeling is mutual. Where normally in pineapple production 25% of the workforce leaves in a year, we are still employing the same people with whom we started.

The fact that our organic pineapples are so delicious also has it’s disadvantages. Our fields are regularly visited by a wide variety of birds and mammals looking for a sweet organic fruit treat.  Visitors include parrots, parakeets, ocelots, howler monkeys and raccoons. We are now training dogs to chase them away so that we still have some fruit left to export. In all my years in conventional pineapple farms, I have never seen this before.

 

Interview with Nestor Ramirez

Can you tell us something about your role within the cooperative ?
I am the manager of the cooperative and am in close contact with the farm managers. Basically, I am responsible for the whole administrative process including all the paperwork, pay roll, insurance, social security etc. The way we have set up things works perfectly because our farm managers can fully focus on their team and growing the perfect organic pineapple!

Have you always been involved in pineapple production?
I come from a pineapple family, my father worked for a large pineapple multinational and I followed his example and have been in the pineapple business for more than 20 years. My experience lies in conventional production and as such I have always been the devil’s advocate when it comes to organic production.  I believe that the combination of my critical questions and focus on quality in combination with the passion of our growers has brought us to where we are now and that makes me proud. 

What do you like best about your pineapples?
I love the sweetness. Due to our experience, the expertise of the farm managers and the workers and the ideal circumstances, our pineapples are generally speaking a lot sweeter compared to the rest.  When I visit my mother I always bring a few fruits with me and all the children are asking for a piece of pineapple .. they prefer our pineapples to sweets!  My friends tell me they no longer buy pineapples in the supermarket because the taste is incomparable to the ones we grow on our farms.

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  • 1 year 10 months ago

    Hello,
    Just want to introduce my self. My name is Carlos Andres Restrepo I've been working in the produce business for almost 20 years. In 2016 I decided to open my own business as a Quality Fruit Inspector in the North East. The name of the company is Colusa Produce Inspection Services, LLC I provide services such as fruit inspections, re-packing, and staffing. For more info please visit the Web site at colusagroup.com
    or send me an E mail to andres@colusagroup.com

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Hello,
Just want to introduce my self. My name is Carlos Andres Restrepo I've been working in the produce business for almost 20 years. In 2016 I decided to open my own business as a Quality Fruit Inspector in the North East. The name of the company is Colusa Produce Inspection Services, LLC I provide services such as fruit inspections, re-packing, and staffing. For more info please visit the Web site at colusagroup.com
or send me an E mail to andres@colusagroup.com

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