Aside development endeavors at Pietrasanta; phytosanitary and nutrition programs to ensure proper development of plants in their new permanent homes has been nothing short to relentless. The organic process requires an increased level of attention and creativity to mitigate disease risks and maximize plant nutrition. Throughout the year the plantation has experienced tremendous growth in tree sizes and increases to plant health.
The reservoirs are filling up nicely and holding water levels. During the month of September, we created a new water bypass system that captures additional water from the mountainous terrain above the reservoirs. We hope to receive 200-250mm by the end of November to hopefully get us to a total of 400,000 cubic meters of water by the dry season. The four large electric pumps are being installed in November and will be fully operational in time for this year’s dry season. This will mark the first fully technified coconut farm in Colombia.
We’ve successfully secured registration of the organic coconut nursery, which in fact is the first registered coconut nursery in the country. We have the secured official registration of the plantation; this is the document that will be required for our fruit to pass customs in foreign markets.
Aside completing the remaining 30 hectares for 2019. Th USDA Organic and Global GAP certifications will be on the top of our agenda. Securing certifications will be a process that will take approximately 3-4 months.