April 14, 2021

Costa Rica exports organic melon and watermelon for the first time to Europe

The Costa Rican Foreign Trade Promoter reported Friday that the country exported organic watermelon and melon to Europe for the first time, following a sustainable production model.

The export was in charge of the company Melones de la Peninsula, which met standards of quality, freshness, innovation and sustainability during the production of these fruits.

"This first export of organic melon and watermelon motivates us a lot and makes us proud as a company, as it goes hand in hand with our mission to promote sustainable production systems and deliver healthy products to consumers," said the commercial manager of Melons of the Peninsula, Suk Lin Ajú.

In the first stage, 1,500 kilos were exported for two weeks, by air, in varieties of melon-yellow honey dew and watermelon-quetzali, as well as approximately 10,000 kilos by sea during the same time.

The certification of this first shipment of organic melon and watermelon was issued by the Kiwa BCS Limitada organization, which analyzed the plantation of two hectares in the Rancho Cenízaro farm, located in the province of Puntarenas (Pacific).

"During this production a part was also allocated to the local market. We are interested in placing part of the volume in Costa Rica, so we are making efforts to open this market," said Ajú.

Melons of the Peninsula is a Costa Rican family business, with more than 25 years of experience in the production of melon and watermelon for export to countries in the European Union, the United States, Kuwait and Russia.

The general manager of the Foreign Trade Promoter, Pedro Beirute, said that it is very satisfactory for the institution to support companies of this caliber that carry "innovation and sustainability in every detail of their production."

"We invite more national companies to join these efforts, that together as a country, we take the competitiveness of our export sector to another level and continue doing business with purpose," said Beirute.

The company also works on a project that involves automating the irrigation of its greenhouse through controllers and intelligent valves based on weather data, achieving efficient use of water and agrochemicals.

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