Voelkel GmbH has partnered with Jugosa to bring Fair Trade to citrus farmers in Mexico. A Mexican corporation originally incorporated in 1948, Jugosa manufactures organic and conventional citrus juices. Through a FairTSA Community Development project plan, the farmers have successfully introduced new machinery to their agricultural process, increasing their productivity and alleviating taxing manual labor previously required of them.
A portable, gasoline powered conveyor belt now raises the harvested fruit from the newly created storage areas to the transportation vehicle. Previously the citrus had to be manually carried up stairs. This portable conveyor belt is transported and shared between the different orchards of the cooperative. The project was completed in February 2015, and we look forward to the 2016 project!