Juan Luis Rodríguez Gómez enterprise

Artemisa, Cuba - We find in Juan Luis Rodríguez Gómez enterprise , one of the maistays of  agri-food and social development of the province,from disinfectant solutions to powerful poisons for pests, fungi and herbs.

It  is named  dragon, not because of its size. It has an intense and very dangerous vapor, if used  incorrectly. It is written in the label  "the sanitary cleaner ", so necessary in any home, workplace or school, that it is very worrying if it disappears from the Commerce network.

Nitrofuman doesn't need much introduction; neither the chlorine bleach, nor the much Shinny parfum, a good memory now for those of us who look hard for it in national currency stores. This and more is produced by Juan Luis Rodríguez Gómez Pesticide Company, in Artemisa, on the road to the Candelaria municipality.

The machines of this  industry have had  more than four decades of work , where they protect  two lines of products from deterioration : pesticides and light chemicals, or of high popular demand.

The production of the former has suffered the impact of economic failures, external tricks and typical of the importation and purchase of raw materials in the country, as well as technological obsolescence, a common evil in hundreds of factories of the Ministry of Industries.

Everyone like the latter , says Odenis Claro Ricardo, entity´s technical director . They also include talcs, rodenticides (whose production plant has been stopped for two months), Lomaté and Insectil, very useful liquids against insects, with a monthly production average of one thousand liters, since one of their components is waiting outside our borders.

From Nuevitas, Camagüey, they bring 13% sodium hypochlorite for bleach, and for nitrofumán they buy nitric acid (10 to 12%) from the Electrochemical Company in Sagua la Grande, Villa Clara. Ours reduce concentration so that it can be used for hygiene.

Despite its long history in the market, at the end of each year this company had very few contracts, only with the Universal Warehouses of the Ministry of Internal Trade, the Business Group of Agriculture Logistics (GELMA) and Azumat (supplier from cane sugar industry), among others.

Coronavirus outbreak in Cuban ´s daily life, brought about  a change in  Juan Luis Rodríguez enterprise , which increased to more than 30 contracts with the Logistics Operations Company (Epola), which supplies the educational centers in the territory. And the factory also assumes those of Pinar del Río, Mayabeque and Havana.

Organizations of the Central State Administration, the Provincial Transportation Company, Evelio Prieto bus factory, Etecsa, military institutions and isolation centers, among others, demand these formulations that have become our daily disinfectant.

The bleach or hypochlorite exceeds 80,000 liters per month, although the installed capacity would reach 250,000, provided that the arrival of the main ingredient and containers provided by Che Guevara company in Santa Clara Company and Labiofam not so freguently.

And Agriculture?

Keeping the fields clean, free of weeds, requires too much sweat under the high temperatures of the tropics, since access to a herbicide as powerful as glyfosate, or an insecticide of the reach of cypermethrin, for ant, and other pests.

The shortage of raw materials seriously threatens these products, especially herbicides, with a cumulative 112 liters until August 31, 46% of what was planned, said Misael Hernández Guinart, the director.

According to this dire reality in agricultural yields, "we work together with the Chemical Research Institute to obtain assortments that have a greater presence of national components and new packaging offers", which would make  access easier.

Instead, they exceed the production of powder fungicides: folpán and mancozeb, used in the tobacco harvest.

The failure of a forklift stopped the industry  at the time of our visit, but the ever-unleashed skill of one of its workers started it up again. In the midst of this situation, no one wasted time: they pack, label, clean, dispatch merchandise, prepare boxes, repair machinery ..., prioritize the unstoppable tomorrow.

Beware of poison too

Mauricio Estévez Pérez is not very happy handling dangerous substances. He has had to do it for almost 30 years as soon as the position demands it; however, he retains the instinct to take care of himself. “When I finish I wash my hands, put my uniform on, take a bath with hot and then cold water. You have to be very careful to preserve health. "

The permanent use of gloves and panoramic masks offers some peace of mind, but the danger remains latent, hence, every three months workers, first of all those direct to production, undergo blood tests to detect the poison impact.

To anticipate rather than regret seems a maxim in the company, assumed in laboratories, production areas and other common ones.

A look  at Juan Luis Rodríguez enterprise  reveals the urgency of the economy in terms of investments. Once an organic fertilizer factory, it is today a pillar of important lines of the agri-food and social development of the province; that is why it is related to  Mariel Special Development Zone, Electronic Commerce and various paths  to the future.

Wisdom, caution, dedication ... they end up in the formulations for which we have to bet without hesitation. Fragrances, insecticides, talc and disinfectant solutions are effective when they are supported  by Artemisa label.

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