In order to eliminate the chemical inputs used in the conventional production processes in Yucatan and the rest of the country, and give way to an ecological, agroecological and organic production, AgroEco Mx was born, a collective that seeks to add urban and rural farmers through workshops and training that allow to achieve totally healthy products.
“Sadly, in the state of Yucatan and in the rest of the country, carcinogenic chemical inputs are still used for the production and care of crops, such as glyphosate, a herbicide that has been banned in several countries and is still found in Mexico”, said Freddy Rojas, engineer and founding member of the AgroEco Mx collective.
The specialist also in the management of soil, water and the production of ecological inputs stated that this type of herbicides is still used due to the fact that is available in Mexico, cheap and it acts immediately, but generating terrible effects on crops and ending up in the water table, unlike an ecological input, which takes a little longer to make effect, but does not cause any damage.
“Many of the products that we are consumed in shopping centers may have residues that can cause cancer, so what we are looking for is to produce our own food, in an ecological and organic way, without using any chemical input, we only use ecological and organic inputs, so that the products we consume are totally healthy, ”he said.
For this reason, together with various producers from different parts of the country, the AgroEco Mx collective was born in the state of Michoacán at the end of 2018, with the purpose of being a guide network in the production of healthy food through workshops to urban or rural farmers.
In March of this year, the group provided its first workshop at the Motul on Pest Control and Vegetable Diseases Center in Yucatán, where they provided ecological alternatives such as the use of plants, from which they extracted essential oils and substances to fight pests and diseases.
From there, they have given private workshops in various parts of the state and they want the group to cover urban and rural areas, such as in the area of Ciudad Caucel, where they have established a work center.
“We want to focus on rural and the urban areas, which is what we are promoting in Caucel, where a space of 4 by 5 meters or even smaller can serve to grow your own food, and it can be produced in containers such as pots, buckets or tires ”.
“In our Workshop on Urban Gardens with Ecotechnics, we’ve added the production of fruits and vegetables, the control of pests and diseases, as well as a sample of a biodigester to cook with biogas,” Rojas said.
The engineer pointed out that one of the main objectives they seek is to provide practical knowledge, “everything we do in the workshops, a small part is theory and as 80 percent is practice for the producer, see that it works and follow up in case it does not work. ”
Advice and follow-up is constantly provided, and when production is ready, it is gathered together and sold at the best possible price.
In Yucatan, this initiative is currently focused on areas such as Tekanto and Izamal, as well as in the area of Gran Sante Fe, in Ciudad Caucel.
Freddy Rojas said that anyone who wants to specialize in agroecological cultivation can approach the collective and assist to the scheduled workshops.
Up to now, workshops have been offered in a particular way in Michoacán, Hidalgo, Guanajuato, among others, and a workshop is planned every month, in different parts of the peninsula and other parts of the republic.
In addition, all those who take the workshops automatically become members of the collective and have access to preferential prices, as well as to exclusive theorical and practical print and online material.
For more information, go to their Facebook page AgroEco MX Collective for agroecological production and consumption.
The Yucatan Post