The harvest Season in Guatemala means development

The Harvest Season known as “Zafra”

The Harvest Season known as “Zafra” generates more than 56 thousand direct jobs and more than 280 thousand indirect jobs in Guatemala and is a booster for the economy.

There are many trade opportunities that arise during the Zafra season. Businesses increase their sales, which promotes the growth of the local economy and the generation of jobs. The sugar mills generate 56 thousand direct jobs and 280 thousand indirect jobs during the Harvest Season.

In addition, around 6,300 suppliers, among them 5,635 small companies and the rest of medium and large, sell equipment and materials to the sugar mills and create jobs in the process.

The harvest Season in Guatemala means development

Among the companies that provide services to sugar mills are laboratories, workshops, food companies, tire shops, sales and rental of heavy machinery, cane producers, technology companies, oil companies, hardware stores, transportation services and gas stations.

Also, businesses on the South of the country, including pharmacies, shoe stores, warehouses, shops, hotels, restaurants, and markets are benefited by the economic movement generated by the Zafra.

That is why the start of the 2020/2021 Zafra will help the economic reactivation of the region and the country while the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic continues.

The Guatemalan Sugar Industry maintains its commitment to the production of sugar, alcohol and energy for Guatemala and the world. The sugar mills are prepared to start the 2020/2021 harvest and have adopted the Return to Work Protocol with Occupational Health and Safety measures against COVID-19.

The harvest Season in Guatemala means development

Fundazucar joins the Guatemalan Great National Crusade for Nutrition

Fundazúcar se une a la Gran Cruzada Nacional por la Nutrición en Guatemala

Fundazucar, the social arm of the Guatemalan Sugar Industry, joined the Great National Crusade for Nutrition by signing a letter of understanding with the Secretariat of Food and Nutrition Security of Guatemala – Sesan -. With this alliance, Fundazucar will help facilitate nutritional counseling in the departments of the South of Guatemala.

Firma Sesan y Fundazúcar
Maritza Mendez de Oliva, Secretary of Food and Nutrition Security of Guatemala (Photo courtesy of SESAN)

The detection of cases is led by the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance (MSPAS) with the support of the Sesan. Its goal is to serve 100% of the girls and boys under 5 years of age diagnosed with malnutrition acute, moderate or severe.

Fundazucar and Sesan come together with the aim of contributing jointly to the active search for cases of girls and boys with acute malnutrition. Fundazucar will form brigades to develop the active search in 57 municipalities in the south of the country, in which it has a presence with the Communities in Development program.

Alfredo Vila, president of the Guatemalan Sugar Association – Asazgua -, stated: “The Foundation has been collaborating since 1998 with food security, and this event allows us to participate and collaborate with the goals proposed by the Guatemalan Government.

Also, Maria Silvia Pineda, representative of Fundazucar, highlighted that as a productive sector representing the Guatemalan sugar mills, it is expected to be an instrument of collaboration and integration of efforts.

Fundazúcar se une a la Gran Cruzada Nacional por la Nutrición en Guatemala

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