Del Monte Fresh Produce Greenhouses Take Root in Costa Rica
A hydroponic greenhouse project in Buenos Aires, Costa Rica, is the latest step in Del Monte Fresh Produce’s quest to deliver premium quality produce and to implement sustainable agricultural practices at its operations worldwide.
Scheduled for completion this December, the project’s 17 greenhouses, packing house and supporting facilities expand Del Monte’s greenhouse product line, which includes recently completed, state-of-the-art greenhouses in Guatemala. The first harvest of Del Monte greenhouse bell peppers is projected for February 2011.
The Costa Rican greenhouses boast sophisticated food safety and quality assurance systems, an integrated pest management system, an automatic irrigation system to capture and recycle residual water, and internal drainage to help protect surrounding water reservoirs and prevent greenhouse run-off.
The project is good not only for the environment, but for the local economy, too. It will create 120 permanent jobs in the Buenos Aires area.
For more information about Del Monte and the company’s sustainability efforts, visit www.freshdelmonte.com.