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OTC develops organic Colombian lime project

We proudly announce that we have expanded our assortment from today with year-round organic limes from Colombia. After an intense period of preparation, analysis and exploration, we have combined our knowledge and strengths with a Colombian growers cooperative for the development of an organic limes project.

Organic limes from Colombia were not available at OTC before, till last week. The first limes arrived at the OTC bio handling center in Poeldijk, The Netherlands. “Due to the high demand of organic limes from the market, we started to develop this project. Thanks to the 35 certified local growers who are part of this project and a local exporter, we can provide our customers with organic limes throughout the year, “Alexander Restrepo, Product Development Manager at OTC, said. As part of a Colombian government subsidy program, the cooperative was set up 6 years ago to give small farmers a chance to be self-sufficient. Alexander assisted these growers in obtaining organic certification, with focus on delivering quality and continuity at a fair price.

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Compost workshop
Because growers have to buy their compost from big companies, Alexander has recently provided a compost workshop in collaboration with the local exporter and an experienced organic coffee grower. In this workshop, growers learned how to make organic compost themselves, so that they can be independent at a later stage. Meanwhile, the growers have started with a first pilot. A join collaboration among the parts, will allow the growers to have a central place to make their process and store their compost.

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The region
The cultivation area is located in the south of Colombia at 400 meters above sea level. An ideal area for cultivating limes, with relatively low rainfall and good irrigation possibilities. Thanks to various workshops of NGO’s (non-governmental organizations) growers become aware of how to deal with nature in a sustainable way.

Tahiti Lime
Thanks to its favorable microclimate, the Tahiti lime has an intense green color and solid skin. The pulp and peel of this organic lime is a fresh flavor of many dishes and beverages. The limes are packed in the 4 kg ‘MmmBIO’ boxes, which are especially designed for this project. They are year-round available in size 36 to 66. For questions about our organic limes, please contact the OTC Sales Team: / +31 (0) 320 289 030.

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