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Livestock farming families in Chiapas continue to strengthen their businesses with BioPaSOS support

  • The Los Ángeles Quesos cheese factory, which groups 23 producing families in Chiapas, Mexico, received technical support to obtain new marketing alternatives.

September 2, 2021. In order to have more options for marketing their dairy products, the members of the Los Ángeles Quesos cheese factory and the producer families of the Los Ángeles Field School, located in Chiapas, Mexico, and promoted by the Biodiversity and Sustainable Agro-silvopastoral Livestock Landscapes project, known as BioPaSOS, approached Eco Urbana, seeking new alternatives for marketing their products.

Eco Urbana is a company that would act as a distributor of the dairy's products in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, the capital of Chiapas, in order to expand its points of sale.

The meeting between the cheese factory and the distributor was organized jointly, with technical support from the La Sepultura Biosphere Reserve of the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (REBISE-CONANP); the GEF Sustainable Landscapes project of Conservation International (CI), Mexico; and the BioPaSOS project.

Cristina Numendi and Juan Carlos Franco participated on behalf of Eco Urbana. This company is dedicated to the commercialization of local, sustainable and organic products, that is to say, products that have a differentiating element, such as those produced by Los Ángeles Quesos.

Within the framework of this meeting, representatives of Eco Urbana, a producer from Los Angeles Quesos and José Antonio Jiménez, coordinator of the BioPaSOS project in Chiapas, visited the farms of Gerardo Ruíz and Rosendo Pérez, both sustainable livestock producers, in order to see the farms where the cows are kept and learn about feeding strategies, animal management and the management of natural resources to produce milk and its derivatives under good, environmentally friendly livestock practices.

Producer Perez showed the paddocks and facilities where the cows are kept and explained about the different grasses, trees and other plants that the cows eat, as well as how useful these alternatives are to feed the cattle during the dry season, keeping the cows in good condition and producing good milk.

Later, they visited the facilities of the cheese factory, where the 13 member families receive and transform the milk into heavy cream cheese, quesillo, cotija cheese, philadelphia cheese, among others. Here, the Eco Urbana representatives saw the equipment and the process that the producing families carry out in the cheese factory and tasted the different cheeses that are produced.

Numendi commented that this meeting allowed them to corroborate how the entire process is carried out to obtain the cheeses, making them certain that it is a healthy and environmentally friendly product, which they will offer to their buyers.

For their part, the families producing the cheese expressed their satisfaction that every day more and more people are interested in buying their products and in being able to reach differentiated markets.

Project BioPaSOS is supported by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), in coordination with the National Commission for Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO, its Spanish acronym) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRICULTURA), with funding from the International Climate Initiative (IKI) and with multiple local partners in their territories of intervention.

 

More information/written by:

José Antonio Jiménez
Local Coordinator
Biodiversity and Sustainable Agro-Silvopastoral Livestock Landscapes  (BioPaSOS)
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