Sustainable banana

Brownfield banana project with forestry component for pallet production

- Creating resilient banana plants through soil protection and restauration methods

- Biological pest control

- 90 ha of conservation area with biological corridor connecting fragments of natural forests and providing food and shelter for wildlife; ongoing monitoring with wildlife cameras

- Certified operations with Rainforest Alliance, GlobalGAP, CO2 neutral, Marca País Esencial Costa Rica

- Cavendish bananas and experimental varieties

- Own laboratory facilities to cultivate Beauveria, Trichoderma and beneficial soil organisms

- Own sawmill to transform Melina to pallets

- Lighthouse farm for sustainably sourced Pro Planet bananas, an initiative by the German supermarket chain REWE

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FARM FACTS

REGION: Talamanca, North-Eastern Costa Rica

SIZE: 296 ha

MANPOWER: 140

FARM TYPE: Bananas and Melina

RAINFALL: 2333 mm/year

ALTITUDE: 86 masl

SOIL: Alluvial soils

APPROACH: Sustainable banana production for exportation to Germany with zero nematicide and herbicide application

KEY FARMING PRACTICES:

  • Soil management

  • Biological control

  • Premium prices for environmentally and socially friendly banana production

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