In Cartama we understand sustainability as the competence to use the natural resources in a conscious, responsible way, without exhausting them or exceeding their renewal capacity. In that way, we ensure that future generations will have access to them.
We created a series of ecological inventories for the sustainable management of the agroecosystems in our Hass avocado orchards.
During phase 1, done in the orchards of Alto Bonito, La Pradera, Playa Rica, and Teresita we found 26 mammal species, 29 herp species (amphibians, salamanders, and reptiles), 145 bird species, and almost 557 varieties of insects. That, without taking into account the 113 flora species among which some are endangered.
We have 98 bee hives in Antioquia, Guática and Aranzazu.
By 2022, we expect to grow the capacity of the hive capacity to 1.081.
It is estimated that the honey production is 1.916 kg in 2020 and 2021.
As a part of our purpose, we are working on a solar panels project to replace the power generation from traditional sources with renewable ones.
The system will generate 22.900 kWh / monthly, between 60% and 70% of our energy needs. This will be equivalent, in 25 years, to 2,025 tons of carbon or 170.067 planted trees.
In May 2020, we started operating in the Packaging Plant where, because of the panels, we were able to reduce the plant’s interior temperature by 2ºC.
In June 2020, we set up garden centers focused on the generation of energy for their irrigation system. This will have a 76% power autonomy (1.001 KwH / month) which will allow us to have from 4 to 5 hours of pumping, guaranteeing the quality of the vegetable matter.
From August 2020, we installed crops in Sinai, which will have a life cycle of 25 years, approximately.
Developed since December 2020 for 25 years, the approximate life cycle of the project.
Purpose: This certification promotes safe trade through security standards applied to the global supply chain.
Initial certification: year 2017
Certification validity: december 14, 2021
Purpose: International organization that seeks a sustainable world through the use of social and market forces to protect nature and improve the quality of agriculturist’s lifes. It is identified by the use of the seal, which allows us to recognize and choose products that contribute for a better future for the people and the environment.
Initial certification: year 2019 (active)
Purpose: Internationally recognized standard for the safe and sustainable production of food to benefit producers, retailers and consumers in all parts of the world.
Initial certification: year 2016
Purpose: Organization that promotes ethical trade, which checks the working conditions of the supply chain, therefore the company has had the Smeta audit since 2017, which helps us to operate in a responsible and sustainable manner, protects our collaborators and allows us to cater ethically.
Purpose: World standard for food safety, which gives us the guideline for our product to comply with the standards of: authenticity, legality and safety. Guaranteeing that there are no consequences on our final consumer’s safety.
Initial certification: year 2020
Purpose: They are companies with objectives: economic, social and environmental. The purpose is to respond to social and environmental problems on a voluntary basis, including them legally into their statutes.
Status: In process
R+D is currently developing 15 research projects, among which is the AVOLAB.
Only 61% of the rural areas’ population has financial services vs. 98% of the rural areas’ population in developed countries. 5 out of 10 farmers need working capital to cultivate.
Es 2 veces más costoso el acceso a capital en zonas rurales vs. ciudades. Esto es debido a la ausencia de garantías y altos costos para conseguirlas 7 de 10 colombianos que viven en áreas rurales no usan tecnología.
Only 10% of the avocado farmers have the Rainforest certificate.
It consists of a Hass avocado innovation lab, which is unique in the world. It delivers technical analysis and training that guarantee the highest standards of quality in our production chain.
A lab unique in the world specifically focused on Hass avocado.
Supported by the experience of an interdisciplinary group of professionals and Cartama’s knowledge, acquired by its 20 years’ path in the sector.
The Hass Avocado Innovation Laboratory – AvoLab, will bring the small, medium, and big producers closer to science, technology, academia, research, and innovation, which will allow the positioning of the country as a producer at the sector’s vanguard.
With the back-up of the Cartama’s Experience Group, with more than 20 years’ experience in the avocado sector.
Complete soil analysis
Mycorrhizal colonization, mycorrhizal spore count, identification of pathogens in vegetable tissue.
Natural water analysis
Treated water analysis
Our administrative plant has a team of professionally prepared members who are also convinced of our purpose, to fulfill all of the necessary functions in our company.
Packaging plant. We have a Logistical Center in the Eje Cafetero, where we carry out controls of quality, selection, and classification of the fruit, for it to be distributed to various destinations around the world.
To guarantee the best quality in our Hass avocado, we decided to take over the sowing of our trees, to ensure the fruit’s best genetics. Nowadays, we have a garden center, bigger than 4 HA, with the best technology. As a part of our conviction for environmental care and the development of responsible agriculture, our garden center stands out by keeping 20% of the native forest among its area.
|Department||Municipality||Description||Garden center’s name||ÁTotal area(HA)||Forest area (HA||% of forest HA||2021 seedling capacity|
|Caldas||Súpia||Supía is a municipality located in the northwest part of the Caldas department.
The municipality of Supía, Caldas, is locally known because of its Ferias de la Colación, celebrated every two years (for seven years) in July, in the traditional bridge of San Pedro y San Pablo.
This municipality has an altitude of 1,183 metersabove sea level. Average temperature: 26º C
We have our crops in 12 municipalities of Colombia, which allows us to know and fully control each phase of our avocados’ process and also to guarantee the availability of the fruit during most of the year.
|Department||Municipality||Description||Orchard´s name||Total Area (HA)||Forest area (HA)||% of forest HA|
|Antioquia||Amagá||Altitude 1591 meters above sea level Average temperature: 22º C||El Imperio||70,00||35,60||51%|
|Caramanta||Altitude 2050 meters above sea level Average temperature: 16º C||La Cumbre||108,41||39,26||36%|
|Jericó||Altitude 1910 meters above sea level Average temperature: 24º C||La Mama||268,37||83,81||31%|
|Rionegro||Altitude 2130 meters above sea level Average temperature: 18,5º C||La Escondida||14,39||2,20||15%|
|Sonsón||Altitude 2475 meters above sea level Average temperature: 13º C||La Aleja||107,20||32,16||30%|
|Támesis||Altitude 1638 meters above sea level Average temperature: 25º C||San Francisco||142,63||40,90||29%|
|ValparaísoAltitud 1328 metros sobre el nivel del mar Temperatura media: 28º C||Santana||121,11||28,74||24%|
|Caldas||Aranzazu||Altitude 1920 meters above sea level Average temperature: 19º C||San José||196||59,61||30%||Santa Elena||99,73||32,77||33%||Altomira||85,53||36,18||42%||Planes||204,65||52,91||26%||Miraflores||121,84||53,52||44%||Corozal||116,01||28,17||24%||El Roble||223||66||30%|
|Anserma||Altitude 1790 meters above sea level Average temperature: 22º C||El Sinaí||224,5||89,7||40%|
|Riosucio||Altitude 1783 meters above sea level Average temperature: 23º C||Tres Cruces||124,16||41,51||33%|
|Guática||Altitude 1820 meters above sea level Average temperature: 21º C||Villa Laura||31,67||4,6||29%|
|Huertos Alto Bonito||231,68||9,31||30%|