Presenting a GLOBALG.A.P. Certified Producer From Costa Rica

Varcli Pinares - Developing a Beacon of Good Agricultural Practices in less than Ten Years

Founded in 2009, the small family-run business by the name of Varcli Pinares has managed to overcome many obstacles and is today one of the leading banana producing farms in Costa Rica. The business produces approximately 3,200 banana boxes per hectare a year, which is 400 banana boxes more than the country’s average.

The company began its operations in 2009 with 30 hectares and only 15 workers. Since then, it has grown into a banana plantation with 120 hectares, providing work for more than 60 families. Today, Varcli Pinares exports its bananas to countries around the world, including the United States, Spain, Italy, Japan, and the Middle East.

The success of Varcli Pinares is based on three principles: innovation, sustainability, and simplicity. This is shown by the fact that the company has achieved full compliance with the GLOBALG.A.P. Standard for four years in a row. “Our vision is to become pioneers in the production, harvesting and processing of bananas through sustainable ways,” explains owner Felipe Vargas. This is underlined by the fact that Varcli Pinares is the first banana producer in Costa Rica to use solar energy as the only energy source for the banana packing process, and has reduced water consumption from 145 liters per banana box to 4 liters – a reduction of 97% per regular banana box! This is perfectly in line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of “achieving the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources” as well as the “substantial increase of the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.”

The company also prides itself in the reduced need for chemicals in the washing process, as the only chemicals needed are chlorine (3 parts per million) and citric acid. Furthermore, Varcli Pinares maintains its total production area without the use of herbicides. The company is also an advocate of gender equality in accordance with the UN’s SDG of “achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls”. This is highlighted by the heavy involvement of female labor for the packing processes, with 60% of the labor force in the packing plant composed of women.

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