Name Compañia Agropecuaria El Porvenir S.A. (AGROPOR)
GGN 4049929045187 Website http://www.dole.com/
Country Honduras

Profile

Agropecuaria El Porvenir S.A. (AGROPOR) is an agricultural company dedicated to the production of high quality export grade pineapples, with its headquarters located in El Porvenir, Atlantida, Honduras. Established in 1962 as a subsidiary of Dole Food Company,  AGROPOR has over 50 years of operating in Honduras, contributing to the development of the neighboring communities and beyond.

In its more 3,000 hectares of crop, AGROPOR is committed to complying to all the national laws and regulations and other regulations which the company voluntarily subscribes to in the execution of its business activity.

The company has labor relations based on respect for human rights, ethical principles, trust based working environment, open communications for all, and the promotion of a culture of respect to the workers and the environment.

AGROPOR is the main source of employment in El Porvenir to more than 1,500 direct employees and their families. The company also contributes to the national industry by producing pineapple concentrate juice that is used to make beverages for human consumption.

AGROPOR  carries various international certification such as: GLOBALG.A.P. since 2004, ISO 14001:2015 since 1999, ISO 9001:2015 since 2002, Disney’s Social-Labor Responsibility Protocol since 2017, Kroger’s Social-Labor Responsibility Protocol since 2017, Good Manufacturing Practices since 2004, and Corporate Social Responsibility under FUNDAHRSE’s protocol since 2018.

 

Achievements

Talent for Agriculture, Women and Youth
Throughout its years of operation, Agropecuaria El Porvenir S.A. has evolved and integrated agricultural practices following recent agricultural tendencies in its production processes. Some of the most significant practices are:

  • Reduction of crop protection product usage through an Integrated Pest Management (IPM).
  • Reduction of plastic usage in production activities and implementing the use of biodegradable plastics.
  • Solar energy investments for internal use in production activities.
  • Fuel and electricity saving programs in our operation.
  • GPS installation in our most critical agricultural equipment.
  • Purchasing new agricultural equipment with AMS software (Precision Agriculture) and zero greenhouse effect emissions category.


Women and Youth Participation
AGROPOR  believes women and young people are very important for the economy of any community and represents, for us, a greater part of our agricultural labor force. It is for this reason that AGROPOR  as a socially responsible company has a program to include women and young people from the surrounding rural areas in our production chain, providing them with the benefits established by law, contributing to the improvement of their life quality.

Therefore, we keep an important percentage of females and young people in our productive labor force as shown here:

  • Women represent 53% of our packing plant personnel.
  • Young people aged 18 to 25 represent 29% of our entire payroll. The rest is distributed among personnel in ages above 25 years.


Water and Soil Management
Soil and water are highly important resources in the pineapple operation. Based on them through our R&D department, specific procedures, methodologies and new technologies have been developed to use these resources in a rational and responsible way. Some of the main actions are based on three specific areas as follow:

  1. Water for Crop Irrigation
    Physically, more than 2,400 hectares of crops have been segregated into irrigation blocks, which have an average of 200 hectares, divided into irrigation lots of 1 hectare on average, grouped according to soil characteristics and proximity. In each irrigation group, a soil sampling point has been defined, which are monitored weekly during the summer season and the need for irrigation (March - May) using PR2 (PR2 Multi Depth Soil Moisture Probe - Dynamax), which allows us to know the humidity of the soil at 10 cm., 20 cm., 30 cm. and 40 cm. depth, in order to verify and adjust the soil moisture values.

    Additionally, the methodology implemented to determine the need for irrigation is based on daily measurements in 8 meteorological stations installed in the fields providing the following parameters:
    1. Minimum and maximum temperature.
    2. Rain from the previous day.
    3. Daily evaporation (2).
    4. Minimum and maximum relative humidity.

The need for water is calculated for each group and crop lot, depending on the stage in which each specific lot is located. These calculations are made using the above data in combination with mathematical formulas designed to include the field capacities of each irrigation group, and the cultivation factor for 6 different stages (0 to 8 weeks of growth, 9 to 20 weeks of growth, 21 weeks and until floral induction, 0 to 4 weeks after floral induction, 5 to 12 weeks after floral induction, and 13 weeks after floral induction until harvest).

There is a program of maintenance and constant review of irrigation systems, in order to eliminate leaks and secure an efficient use of water according to the crop’s necessities. It also considers the use of water for soil preparation and the network of primary and secondary drainages in order to reduce runoff and soil erosion.

All water sources (wells) used to irrigate the crop have the permits required by the competent authorities and are maintained and protected to avoid contamination by drift from agrochemical applications, by maintaining live barriers, training personnel, and avoiding the use of agrochemicals in buffer areas. In addition, there is a program of periodic monitoring of the physical, chemical and microbiological characteristics of water sources, as well as water effluents, in order to monitor and ensure compliance with applicable legal parameters.

  1. Water in the Fruit Packaging Process
    As part of the environmental management program, investments have been made in the installation of water recirculation systems in the pineapple packing plant, as well as in the reduction of the size of the processing pools, aimed at minimizing the consumption of water from underground sources, extracted from wells. This has allowed the two packaging lines to have these systems currently operating.

    These systems have allowed packing processes with average annual consumption of less than 2.52 liters per box, and improving day by day, instead of more than 3.70 liters per average box had the packing plant not have a recirculation system. This is equivalent to over 31% in water savings.

    Additionally, there are policies and training for personnel in efficient use of water and a preventive maintenance program in order to prevent and correct water leaks in the packing plant, offices and other facilities.

    All groundwater sources used in the packing process have the permits required by the competent authorities and are maintained and protected to avoid contamination by drift from agrochemical applications. In addition, there is a program of periodic monitoring of the physical, chemical and microbiological characteristics of water sources, as well as water effluents, in order to monitor and ensure compliance with applicable legal parameters.
  2. Soil Management
    There are some fundamental principles for the sustainable management of the pineapple production. Based on this, a specific manual has been developed for the appropriate use and conservation of this resource, and includes the many practices developed and implemented to maximize its conservation. Here, a detail of the main practices:

    1. Land conformation with slopes no greater than 3 degrees, with continuous tertiary drainage channels to avoid the accumulation of high volumes of water.
    2. Land preparation program based on the study of previous pits, with the objective of minimizing tillage to only those areas that require it.
    3. Soil bed conformation of the lots with biodegradable plastic, which prevents the exposure of the soil directly to the rain.
    4. Maintenance of internal drains with green coverage on their slopes and bottom, being maintained with manual pruning. The use of herbicides for weed control in them is prohibited.
    5. Live barriers with pineapple plants and still barriers made of stones and bamboo stakes are installed in all the drains, every 10 meters approximately.
    6. Construction of sedimentation traps for soil retention, as well as its periodic maintenance.
    7. In the winter season, sowing program in areas of zero tillage, which does not expose the soil that is protected with stubble from the previous crop cycle.
    8. Programmed, continuous maintenance and recovery of soil sediments from the drainages and bringing them back to the production fields.

Use of plastic to protect the soil in drainage water falls from secondary to primary drains, to minimize erosion.