15,000 Olive Trees in Ixmiquilpan Hidalgo, México.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
15,000 Olive Trees in Ixmiquilpan Hidalgo, México
Eleven years ago, KKL Mexico, with the support of the Jewish community in Mexico, decided to give a special gift to the small community of Ixmiquilpan Hidalgo – 15 thousand olive trees, affording the local farmers an opportunity to earn a livelihood from what the olive has to offer.
Fast-forward eleven years later, on October 12, 2013: Shay Salamon, representative of KKL for the northern Latin America and Nissim Shasho, Executive Director of KKL Mexico, attended the Olive Expo which is organised every year by the community in order to present the variety of products produced by these olives.
We met Mr. Edgar Pioquinto, a farmer working this town’s land, who received the trees 11 years ago. He showed us the products that are being produced, such as olive oil, olives in brine and many other products.
During the course of the day, Mr. Pioquinto took us to visit his piece of land where he keeps these trees donated by KKL and by the Jewish community of Mexico.
It was a very emotional thing to see. Mr. Pioqinto then told us that around a year ago, they had received the support from the local government to install drip irrigation systems for certain olive trees. The improvement was immediately noticed.
Nowadays, each tree is producing between 25 to 30 kg of olive oil, which has completely transformed the economy of their community.
The next step in this project is for the farmers to undertake further training in Israel, so that they can learn to make their trees more productive.
KKL Mexico is evaluating the possibility of carrying out future projects together with the local government.