Agroaceite actively participates in the Technical Committee of the Ocosito River (COMCOSITO, by its Spanish acronym) that has the objective to carry out a rational management of the water resource in episodes of shortage and to adopt strategies to mitigate the impact of floods. Organizing the communication, transparency and coordination among the users as a base to improve the conditions of all the people living in the Ocosito River basin, through a Committee of Sustainable Management of the Basin.
The COMCOSITO has been concerned with solving the issue of garbage and waste management, which has been contaminating the Ocosito River for several years up to its mouth in the Manchón Guamuchal.
This problem has caused the migration of families. Bird species, which were part of the Manchon’s flora, have also disappeared. The floods, in some communities, the scarcity of fish and considerable damage to the mangrove species, have been other consequences of the contamination, affecting the fishing activities, the main source of income of the residents of the Manchón.
Agroaceite joins the voices of residents and community leaders who have reported this serious problem. “From the Technical Committee we support the efforts to find solutions in a prompt and effective manner,” said Javier Aguirre, corporate director of Agroaceite.
“We have also contributed, for several years, to the rational use of water with modern practices and technologies, which has resulted in a 35% average reduction in water use,” said Fernando Bolaños, president of Agroaceite.
These sustainable technologies and the following responsible practices have also contributed to climate change mitigation and environmental conservation:
- Responsible irrigation, through rain gauges, phreatic water level meter, tensiometers, water level meter, radio frequencies, TDR system and operational map.
- The re-use and exploitation of water, through biodigesters.
- Irrigation of the plantations in a more efficient way, by means of reservoirs.
- Drilled wells: The 29 drilled wells of Agroaceite, avoid the use of water from river basins. The depth of the wells allows the capture of groundwater, which is accumulated under the ground in the deepest layer of the soil, being free of solid material that avoids any type of contamination.
learn more about Agroaceite’s efforts on CSR.