Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico – At the end of November, our director Georgius Gotsis appeared in the 25th episode of the Agropodcast Semillero of the magazine Comentarios, directed by Marco Diaz, in which experiences related to Mexican agriculture and livestock are discussed and shared.
In this opportunity, Mr. Gotsis shared a bit of the history of how his family became firmly established in agricultural work, which began with his great grandfather who emigrated from Greece and began working in the field and so it has been 4 generations of his family business.
Georgius shares some of his professional background, from his time at the Ministry of Agriculture, where he had the opportunity to lead different trade missions and events that oversaw promoting Mexican food; he also shares how his experience working in an agricultural company in Africa was transformative.
Georgius shares his experience as Director of Veggies from Mexico, which he mentions is an agricultural organization that seeks to ensure that Sinaloa farmers who participate in the community meet all the standards of food safety and social responsibility required by international markets; mainly North America as it is the main destination for the export production of the members. He mentions that one of the characteristics that distinguish the organization is based on the internal audit, which is responsible for a weekly review of the packing facilities, fields, and shelters; ensuring that compliance is maintained throughout the operating season of the company, creating a culture of compliance and continuous improvement in agriculture.
He explained how the organization is gaining a place in the fresh produce industry through communication strategies and collaboration with other organizations that have been implemented in recent years, such as collaboration with the FDA, CAADES, AMHPAC, AARC; the publication of our news directly in our social networks, as well as in specialized media such as The Packer, ANUK, etc. and participation in international events where it has been able to move forward on issues of collaboration and knowledge of the work of Veggies From Mexico.
One of the most valuable things that the agricultural community of Veggies from Mexico generates is the constant training of the technical team that collaborates with the agricultural companies, creating a space where participation and the search for joint solutions to common problems of the industry are promoted.
Georgius recognized the work of Sinaloa’s agricultural companies in terms of social responsibility, which is based on the human commitment to the people who work in the companies, many of them migrants from other states of Mexico, in which they seek to ensure their welfare with various services they offer, such as housing facilities. In addition to having access to basic services (water, electricity, drainage), a doctor’s office, and some of them even have primary schools endorsed by the SEP within the company’s facilities, also have spaces such as sports courts, playgrounds, green areas, so that all residents and workers can perform recreational activities. The companies have programs focused on planning, organizing, and coordinating activities to improve the coexistence and stay of workers and their families, participating in sports activities such as soccer and volleyball tournaments, as well as commemorative and cultural events, for example, the celebration of the Day of the Dead, the Day of the Virgin Mary, Posadas, Holy Days, Three Kings Day, Children’s Day, Student’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, among others.
Semillero – The Agropodcast of the Comments Magazine is a space to share various topics of the agricultural industry and the livestock sector in Mexico. Comments Magazine is a media focused on the agricultural sector of Sinaloa, since 1972.