On October 2 to 4, 2019, in the city of Antigua Guatemala, the Palmero Congress was held, third edition of C / PAL 2019, organized by the Palm Growers Guild of Guatemala, an event that has positioned itself as a space, which promotes the sharing of knowledge and experiences between producers and buyers of palm oil.
The opening ceremony was held on October 3, at the Convention Center of Santo Domingo del Cerro, with the presence of the President of the Republic of Guatemala and Minister of Foreign Affairs and representatives of the private sector.
In this act, the Guild of Palm Growers of Guatemala signed cooperation agreements with the Latin American Solidarity Foundation, AGREQUIMA and with the Forestry Guild of the Chamber of Industry of Guatemala. Signing a public declaration of commitment to Zero Deforestation, reiterating the responsibility of not deforesting natural forest, for oil palm plantations and continuing to invest in environmental conservation and reforestation projects.
Due to the great potential of the Palmero sector in Nicaragua, the National Commission of Free Zones participated in this event, which brought together more than 40 national and international speakers, specialists in the field. Similarly, at Expo C // PAL III about 50 exhibitors made known their products, services and technology, presenting the different alternatives to meet the needs of the sector in the agricultural, industry and sustainability.
This year the main theme of the congress was Productivity as a key to the sustainability and profitability of the palm sector, evidencing that through the use of technologies and implementation of good practices in crops and benefit plants, the reduction of operating costs is achieved, increasing productive efficiency
Palm oil is a product that will remain as a winner in national and international markets and was released, the market perspective and its indicators, contextualizing trends in prices and product availability internationally.
Palm oil production is the crop that far exceeds productivity per hectare compared to other sources of edible oil, and in the food sector, palm oil is the most competitive and most used in food and other industries. Being a sustainable option to supply international markets.
Palm oil producers have the challenge of evaluating the alternatives that allow the production of oil fruit to continue considering the best technical, economic and financial alternatives in order to achieve greater productivity.
For this it is important to mention the intervention and technical conferences of the different agendas that were presented during the congress.
Agricultural Agenda: Agronomic management of palm cultivation, efficient management of plant nutrition, Technological innovation in oil palm.
Industrial Agenda: practical tools to increase profitability in profit plants, technological innovation and new opportunities in the industry, palm oil processing.
Sustainability agenda: Sustainable productivity and adaptation to climate change, strategic community management, opportunities in strategic environmental management, sustainable markets and certifications.
In the industrial sector, the benefit plants that are in the Free Zone Regime, have a challenge to meet, since one of the main objectives of the sector is to grow and maintain in international markets in a sustainable way, through differentiated models of Palm oil production ensuring conservation, clean production and community support, supported by the work and processes of different certifications as added value.
The Palmero Congress was a fundamental opportunity to promote the sector, where business leaders made known their experiences and knowledge about the management of the best agricultural, social and environmental practices, with the aim of reaching higher levels of competitiveness in the market