After ten years of efforts, sacrifices and training, the sisters Silvia, Rosa and Martha Gasca Caporal have succeeded in setting up a tomato and pepper growing and exporting company in the Mexican state of Guanajuato. They currently grow their vegetables on one and a half hectares of greenhouses and they export 85% of their harvest to the United States.
With an initial investment of 2 million pesos (more than € 93,000), the sisters set up half a hectare of greenhouses for tomato cultivation in 2009, convinced that protected cultivation could be an alternative for the growing of safe foods with a higher quality. At that time, Guanajuato's agricultural sector was going through a difficult period due to economic and climatic conditions.
It was not a simple task. They needed to take some training courses to be able to meet the highest quality and health standards. The Gasca Caporal sisters set themselves the goal of achieving a yield of 12 kg / m2, and have actually managed to harvest up to 18 kg / m2.
At a certain point, they joined other growers in a cooperative that deals with the marketing and export of foodstuffs. Due to the success of their products, the sisters expanded their acreage to one and a half hectares. However, given the uncertainty about the import tax that the US wants to impose on Mexican tomatoes, the sisters are looking for new markets for the export of their products.