First and last name: Jose Orlando Rodriguez
Residence: Vereda Perico, Ibagué Tolima
Family status: married and 3 children
Age: 60 years old
Why do you have a passion for agriculture?
I come from an area where there used to be constant war and there were few opportunities and economic prospects for us. Agriculture helps people here to grow food for their own use and to sell what we do not need and to earn an additional income.
Today I can say that working in the countryside is a very good alternative to live in peace and contribute to the supply of the big cities.
What are the advantages for Pakka partners to work "Fruandes"?
Fruandes has promoted the partnership between us farmers. It is an "honest" and "serious" company that is trying to bring about a change in mentality among us in Colombia.
They gave me advice on good practices for managing my crops. Today, I have an organic fertilizer plant right on my farm, which produces fertilizers for my banana and coffee crops. This way I don't need money to buy such fertilizers and save a lot of money.
I also like that Fruandes promotes me as a small farmer, accompanies me and that they believe in me.