Peru: Olmos close to full employment thanks to agribusiness

Companies generate more than 60,000 direct employment positions annually.

The Lambayecan district of Olmos is close to reaching full employment indicators; economic concept that refers to a situation where the entire active population of an area or country is working.

He reported it Alfonso Pinillos Moncloa, general manager of H2Olmos SA, who expressed that Olmos is very close to full employmenteo. “What we have seen is that many people come from other areas to work (…) that gives me an indicator that the Olman does have the willingness and if he trains he should have the ability to obtain full employment,” he noted.

Speaking to Agencia Andina, the representative of H2Olmos SA mentioned that Currently, people from neighboring towns such as: Piura, La Libertad, Jaén arrive in Olmos. And, obviously he said, companies first make their offer of job demand to those who are closest and if there is no such offer, they begin to go further away, towards neighboring regions.

Pinillos also highlighted that currently the impact of the Olmos project in the Lambayeque region and the country - with the operation of the 20 agroindustrial companies which concentrate 25,000 hectares developed in the new lands of Olmos, of which about 1,000 are managed by small farmers from the old valley of Olmos, are generating more than 67,000 direct jobs.

It's about 20 agroindustrial companies, which according to figures from last year are 67,000 direct jobs that have been generated and 200,000 indirect jobs. The positions range from people who work in the field, machinery, tractors, irrigation system, fumigation, fertilization, avocado, grape, blueberry packing plants and the entire logistics part with the transportation and dispatch system," among others. ”, he noted.

He also maintained that they have seen that there has been an economic movement of small businessmen, especially in Olmos, who are providing services to the project.

There are people who have bought their rural trucks and provide transportation service. They have also invested in a hardware store and are supplying products and materials for construction. There is a growth in the supply of restaurants and hotels. There really is a very important movement in Olmos. There is a radical change, although there is still a lot to do (…), but there is a very substantial change,” he assured.

“This means that, for every dollar invested in major infrastructure, there are 5 dollars that are invested by industrial companies, which gives the capacity to enhance an impressive agricultural project. This has generated more than 60 thousand direct jobs, it has generated more than 650 million dollars of exports per year,” he noted.

Pinillos recalled that the Olmos project has generated investments of more than 3,000 million dollars, of which 500 million dollars has been in the major infrastructure component carried out by the Olmos transfer concessionaire (CTO) and H2Olmos, as well as 2,500 million dollars invested by agroindustrial companies.

He highlighted that the Olmos project today represents more than 50 percent of the exports of the Lambayeque region with developed crops such as sugar cane, avocado, blueberries, and table grapes, which has generated quite important economic stability.

Prevention work against global El Niño

On the other hand, Pinillos Moncloa stated that prevention work is being carried out with the industrial companies and the Olmos and H2Olmos transfer concessionaire, especially channeling the drainage systems, preparing the access roads and on the communities' side they are doing work of communication preparation in coordination with the District Municipality of Olmos and the National Institute of Civil Defense (Indeci) so that these communities do not remain isolated in the event of an eventual El Niño phenomenon.

He also recalled that after facing the attacks of nature recorded after the rains of 2017 and those of March and April of this year, there is already knowledge of how the Olmos project behaves and is affected by the extraordinary rains.

He mentioned that what affects the most is not the rain itself, but rather the flooding. “If floods occur, that is where the plants are affected, but if there are good drainage and channeling systems there should not be significant effects,” he said.

In the same way, he observed that there are areas where the soils are very permeable and allow natural drainage. “When the soils are not so permeable, flooding does occur, which also affects us,” he insisted.

Exports from Lambayeque

The manager of H2Olmos SA avoided giving an estimate of the export volumes of non-traditional products that will come from the Olmos fields.

“We understand that the harvests have been delayed, but we still cannot say whether last year's volumes will be maintained or whether there will be an increase or decrease. Not only the volume of production interferes, but also what the international prices are. We would have to wait until the end of the year to have an idea of ​​it,” she stressed.

The executive gave these statements, after participating in Chiclayo in the event on Business Vision 2023: Meeting of Leaders for the Future, organized by the Santo Toribio de Mogrovejo Catholic University (USAT) of this city.

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