Pascuala Pari is 63 years old and is from Acora (Puno), where she is dedicated to planting and harvesting native products such as potatoes, quinoa, cañihua, wheat, beans and other foods in a 100% natural way, and since June she has the option to offer them through the mobile application Kusikuy to users of Lima.
“My grandparents used to say ‘you shouldn’t use chemicals’, so since I was a child I saw that my grandparents used to throw ashes, the manure of sheep, cows, donkeys, lime as well [como abono]as well as bitter herbs [en vez de pesticidas], like the muña, the wormwood; These types of herbs really work, they kill the worms”, explains Pascuala.
In this way, the agricultural producers of Lares (Cusco), Ácora (Puno), Laria (Huancavelica) and Huayana (Apurímac) they send every 15 days the orders they receive through the application.
When they launched it at the end of May, they expected to receive up to 100 orders per period; however, they currently register between 230 and 250 orders, so from 500 to 680 farming families offering their products.
“I think what has contributed is prioritizing the connection of users with farmers, as well as expanding our coverage to more districts. Now we also reach Comas, San Martín de Porres and Villa María del Triunfo, with the flat rate of S/6″, said Elizabeth Iberico, project manager of the Peruvian Association of Consumers and Users (Aspec), an allied organization of the project.
The jungle joins
Before the end of the year, the app that has the support of different public and private institutions will add 100 families from Loreto and San Martín to offer oil and pulp of aguaje, chocolate, cocoa, among others.
In addition, the application will have a new functionality that will include recipes and nutritional information of the products, since, according to Iberico, there is a lot of ignorance about some, since they ask for them out of curiosity and then ask them how to prepare them. Among the most requested products are native potatoes, avocados, passion fruit, wheat, quinoa and cheese; while Miraflores and Surco are the ones that place the most orders.
It will soon be available for customers from Cusco, with which it is sought that more agricultural producers can improve their family economies through the use of ancestral techniques for planting and harvesting these foods.