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Chiapas cheese producing families begin to pack cheese in a high vacuum

 April 26, 2021. Livestock producers in the community of Los Ángeles, in Chiapas, Mexico, received a high vacuum packing machine on April 20, which will enable them to pack the different types of cheese they produce in their cheese factory in a safer and more professional manner. 

The vacuum packaging equipment was granted to Quesería Los Ángeles through the Oaxaca-Chiapas Sustainable Landscapes GEF project, in which the La Sepultura Biosphere Reserve of the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (REBISE-CONANP, its Spanish acronym) and Conservation International Mexico (CI) collaborate, as well as the Biodiversity and Sustainable Agro-silvopastoral Livestock Landscapes project, known as BioPaSOS, implemented by CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center).

The handover took place at the facilities of Quesería Los Ángeles, in the municipality of Villaflores, with the participation of the dairy's partners and the directors of the GEF Oaxaca-Chiapas Sustainable Landscapes project, REBISE-CONANP and the BioPaSOS project.

David Olvera, director of the Oaxaca-Chiapas Sustainable Landscapes project, commented to the partner families that it is important to take advantage of the opportunities that these projects offer them, as they allow them to further strengthen their capacities as producers, improve the competitiveness of the dairy and livestock production systems, and contribute to biodiversity conservation.

After the delivery of the equipment, the producers acknowledged that with the high vacuum packaging machine they will be able to improve the presentation of their cheeses and will find it easier to diversify their products and sell them in markets outside their locality, municipality or state.

 Omar Gordillo, director of REBISE-CONANP, thanked the support and collaboration of the GEF Oaxaca-Chiapas Sustainable Landscapes project for continuing and further strengthening the family farmers who are members of the BioPaSOS project's Field School and Quesería Los Ángeles.

Among the participating producers, Gerardo Ruíz, partner and representative of the cheese factory, thanked the three institutions for all the support they have given to this group and urged the other partner families to continue working together to further strengthen the cheese factory. 

José Antonio Jiménez, local coordinator of the BioPaSOS project in Chiapas, acknowledged that the collaboration between the GEF Oaxaca-Chiapas Sustainable Landscapes project, REBISE and the BioPaSOS project has generated good results in the territory and invited the producer families to continue taking advantage of this collaboration, but also asked the families to continue improving their livestock production systems to sustain productivity and conserve biodiversity and the generation of ecosystem services in the territory.

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 (SADER, its Spanish acronym), with funding from the International Climate Initiative (IKI) and with multiple local partners in their territories of intervention

 

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José Antonio Jiménez
Local Coordinator
Biodiversity and Suistainable Agro-silvopastoral Livestock Landscapes (BioPaSOS)
CATIE
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