Friday, May 2, 2008
Ag Business Seminar
I spent the past week in Santa Fe Veraguas working at an Agro Business Seminar.
40 tomato producers are preparing to recieve a loan to build green houses so they can increase thier production during the rainy season. The rains are so heavy there that with out a green house the tomatoes are destroyed by fugui. With a greenhouse the farmer can protect the tomatos.
Many of these farmers have never recieved a loan, so my friend Maria designed and organised the seminar to help some farmers learn about basic practical business concepts. Many farmers were happy to have the opportunity to get the loan, but at the same time were worried that the project might fail, and that they might not be able to pay the loans off.
It was a great experience this week to get to work with the tomato producers, and I get two more three day sessions with them over the course of the next two months.