Seed Potato Agronomy Project (Peru)
About 185 miles east of the urban bustle of Lima, the village of
Huasahuasi, Peru, lies tucked amid the Andes Mountains at 10,000 feet
above sea level. Given these geographical facts, you can imagine the
local people’s hardscrabble lives.
Still, God has blessed the area with fertile land where crops such as peas, broad beans, corn, onions, cabbage, lettuce, flowers and oats are grown. Huasahuasi’s claim to fame, however, is potatoes, which are planted and harvested on the mountainous slopes above this village of about 6,000 inhabitants. The area around Huasahuasi provides seed potatoes that farmers use to grow potatoes for consumers throughout Peru.
Fr. Leo reports that Hector has laid out the following goals:
- In four months, project organizers want to reactivate the four
greenhouses and increase production to 60,000 potato tubers to benefit
140 farming families.
- In eight months, they want to increase production to nearly 70 tons of seed to benefit 630 farming families.
With your help, we can help this potato seed project get on its feet and thrive, benefiting thousands of poor Andean families in Huasahuasi and beyond. Any amount you can give, large or small, will go toward helping these family farmers create better lives for themselves and their families.
Read more about this agriculture project.
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