Gaps in the market
Consumers expect their food to be safe and free from disease, pests, and residues. A range of international agricultural standards are in place to ensure this, with the Global Good Agricultural Practices (Global GAP) certification one of the best known. As firm believers in food safety we work closely with Global GAP, because food safety is sustainability when we can prevent millions of dollars of unsafe produce being destroyed.
In the Mendoza region of Argentina, Luis Escartín is a third-generation family farmer adopting the highest international Global GAP Standards to not just be safer and more sustainable, but also to fill the gaps in international fruit markets.
Luis launched Frutas Escartín in the late 1970s and by 1995 had exported his first plums to Brazil. Pears soon followed driving steady and sustained growth in the domestic and Latin American markets until a new millennium brought new horizons. In 1999 Luis began exporting pears, peaches and nectarines to Italy. Further markets soon opened in Spain, the Netherlands, and the UK, driven by his fruits’ quality. Indeed, Frutas Escartín became the main Argentinian peach producer exporting to the UK.
Today, Luis’ 250 hectares grow produce for north and south America, Europe, and the Middle East, with each one recognising the quality of his fruit.
High-standards all round
We’ve been working with Frutas Escartín for two years now, providing a custom package of ProNutiva inputs offering as high standards as Luis’ fruit. These provide protection in the form of our Unizeb fungicide, Microthiol anti-powdery mildew input, Omite acaricide, and Quikphos post-harvest pest control, alongside nutrient and growth enhancement inputs K-fol foliar fertilizer and Biozyme to enhance budsize, flowering and fruiting.
Sustainable farming and sustainable living
But Luis not only meets high-standards, he sets them too. This is clear from his commitment to sustainability at every level – soil, crops, water, and people. So, as well as implementing sustainable practices and inputs, he’s working as an ambassador for Global GAP standards and collaborating with other farms in his region to ensure a sustainable future for local people.
By offering higher standards for employees, he’s empowering residents to stay in their region, rather than being forced to migrate to cities and has supported over 30 families into homeownership. At UPL, we’re proud to share Luis’ commitment to sustainability in the environment, in the food chain, and in society – and it’s this commitment that makes him a hero farmer.