The Daabon Group is aware of the economic and social problems of the rural sector in the region. In 1999 the Group deployed the program Las Alianzas, the partnership program for peace, with the support of national policies to support agriculture. This initiative has brought welfare and productivity to peasants farms that have joined the program. This model has been then since, replicated by the state and other private entities, due to its large positive results.
The Group was the pioneer of this program, since it was the first company in the country to build the first palm oil alliance with the small landholders, giving them full support, and placing itself as the first integrator of the country.
Process of creation of an Alliance.
- Identify the ecological conditions of the area in which they plan to develop the project.
- Conference, education and promotion of the project.
- Conformation and legalisation of the producer organisation.
- Project formulation, presentation, and credit management.
Benefits of the alliance to the farmers.
- Associative credits with low interest rate and payment schedule from the productive stage of the crop.
- Rural Capitalisation Incentive (RCI) to 40% of the total value of debt.
- Support 70% of the investment, through the Agricultural Guarantee Fund (FAG).
- Agronomic and environmental technical assistance, accompaniment and support of social enterprise credit management by the agribusiness company, in addition to strengthening the organisations.
- The company assures the marketing of the fruit, with price set by the market.
- Monthly Awards to the best producers of each Association.
- As part of the process of strengthening strategic alliance with organisations, Daabon's palm oil smallholder in September 2007 opened the collection centre in El Retén, as a collection point near to the fruit plantations producers, thus saving time and transport costs.
Conditions for beneficiaries of an Alliance.
- Being an organised farmer.
- Having legal possession of the property by registered or title deed by government agency
- The site must have ecological conditions required by the crop and the availability of a water source for irrigation.
The experience with the Daabon Group, begins with the formation of the farmers in the Cooperativa de Agricultores Ballaena (Coagrobellaena) in the municipality of Pivijay. Today there are:
- Five Alliance programs for palm oil producers in the department of Magdalena, with a total of 1,720 hectares and 165 families benefited.
- Two Alliances in Southern Bolivar department with a total of 2,000 hectares and 40 peasant families linked to the cultivation of palm oil.
Is the newsletter through which we touch on aspects of social, agronomic, financial, production and administrative related partnerships model, in addition to highlighting the most significant achievements that are under C.I. Tequendama S.A.S.
Didactic publications (book "planting palm" - growing future) who teach in an easy and simple steps to establish oil palm crops.
Information and Statistics Centres
Specialised center created to capture, store and sort data on the development of alliances, to generate reports and indicators that optimise the operation.
Incremento del ingreso familiar:
- The crop of palm oil for an average farmer of 10 hectares in production, is represented with an average monthly income of $1,200 USD, equivalent to 3.5 times the minimum wage in Colombia. Prior to handle other crops other than palm oil, income often did not reach a minimum monthly wage.
- With the establishment of the cultivation of palm oil, living standards have also improved, and thus were able to locate their homes in the better sectors of the municipalities, improved their means of transportation, and send their children to study in universities.
- Through palm producing organisations in the Magdalena and Bolivar, has contributed to the generation of more than 500 direct and indirect jobs.
- In the most yielding municipalities, were palm oil has caused the biggest positive influences, important developments in the regional economies have been made in the development of commercial and residential construction.