Since September 2015 we are supporting small grape growers in India to give them support to scale for international markets. This project is part of our develoPPP-Program partnered with German government, small Indian farmers, local Indian exporters and Don Limon. The purpose is to develop Indian farmers’ access to international markets. After conducting local research into the basic needs of local producers, it appeared that awareness and knowledge are key elements to their progression. The project combines grower and exporter experience as well as topical knowledge of the food-industry.
Don Limon operates in close partnership with the development organization Sequa, part of Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. Sequa is operating worldwide as development organization. Sequa’s aim is to sustainably improve the living and working conditions of as many individuals as possible. They understand that you can only achieve this in cooperation with partners at home and abroad.
Within workshops and 1:1 awareness-program we support small farmers to reach international requirements of supermarkets with their plantation process. With our exporting partners and trainers, we are in close contact. That ensures us that our activities have sustainable positive effects on the output of fruits when harvesting will start. Due to a network, communication farmers are directly connected to our customers worldwide and are self-motivated to improve quality and beside that, they improve their income-situation.
To grade up the plantation-process, we are involved in sorting and packing-processes. To deliver best product-quality for supermarket-chains we perform the post-harvesting processes. With our trading competencies we offer direct input to recruitment for local experts for required monitoring the supply-chain. Within our personal meetings in India connect farmers and supermarkets.
We bring India direct to our customers. On fairs and personal business meetings we bring Indian farmers in contact with our supermarket-partners. Within our representation-program the stakeholders of value chain have direct contact. This is our impact to make international fruit business
“We sustain because we are family”
Today we have five lady farmers in our family. Over 60 lady workers are working with us for the post harvesting of grapes. We are focusing on employing female workers in order to make them self-established, so they become capable enough to lead a healthy lifestyle in a healthy society. Here in Agrion, we teach them about safety and hygiene, and we are assisting them with a better outlook towards their lives. Working along with male workers give them the confidence to stand together in the society