A women’s cooperative will be responsible for harvesting tasks in Río Negro
Finally, what twelve businesswomen and entrepreneurs who are part of “Women on Platform – Mupla” were waiting for, the first cooperative which will provide pruning, thinning and harvesting services to farms in the Alto Valle de Río Negro region with a specially designed self-propelled platform to make production more efficient.
“We have worked in agriculture in different sectors. Now that we are heads of households, we have seen the possibility of having registered employment, pension contributions and social work,” she said. Gabriela Huenchuman, President of Mupla
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The big step was possible thanks to the fact that the Regional Center Patagonia North of INTA promoted the signing of a technical cooperation agreement between them, the Uatre and the Ministry of Production and Agro-industry of Rio Negro. From this connection, the cooperative received a self-propelled platform developed in the region which was delivered loaned from the provincial portfolio.
In this direction, Mariana Amorosi, INTA planning assistant, assured that from the organization they provided technical training for the use of technology for the purpose of encourage participatory management by women, build their capacities and support them so that they can meet the requirements of the fruit sector.
It should be noted that the integration of new technologies promotes the safety, quality and speed of operation in the execution of tasks, since this type of innovation allows women and people over 40 to carry out activities on the farm thanks to the mechanical assistance offered by the possibility, for example, of using pneumatic scissors.
In addition, as INTA explains in a press release, it offers operators greater comfort and stability than ordinary ladders, and allows greater freedom of movement, reduces fatigue and improves work performance. in the field.
The fruit harvest in Río Negro and the sector’s problems in finding staff
Each season, fruit growing in the Alto Valle requires between 4 and 5 thousand workers only to carry out pruning and thinning work: currently The demand in the region is not satisfied.
“We carry out continuing education cycles with INTA to train qualified personnel in the region and we have seen that the number of women registered to be trained in these tasks is increasing”, he pointed Sergio Alarcon, representative of Uatre, and explained that all seasons receive between 20 and 24 thousand people from the north of the country to harvest fruit trees.
“Mupla could meet half of this labor demand, by training more women to have real, permanent work in the region,” Alarcón said.
Finally, the provincial Minister of Production and Agro-Industry, Carlos Banacloy, stressed that the agreement “is the kick to replicate it in other localities of the Río Negro, since it will generate a great social and economic impact, both in the inclusion of women in rural work and in the generation of local labor”.