Gustavo Novillo is smiling when he talks about what he thinks is the most important task of Promesa.
– I look into the future. We must find new ways to use our primary product, the banana, in order to make more money to use for the improvement of our farmers’ lives.
All bananas can’t be exported to Europe or the United States, because all the fruits don’t fulfil the quality criteria. These fruits could be used for something else than feeding animals.
One idea is producing ethanole. Another is producing vitaminized banana cereal.
– We could improve school childrens’ nutrition in the whole country by selling cereal to the schools. But we have to begin in our own province and move slowly. We are starting with an investigation of whether the idea is possible to realise.