CropLife Latin America and the Mexican Association of the Phytosanitary Industry (AMIFAC) awarded the 2013 Agricultural Journalism Award to Productores de Hortalizas magazine for its efforts to inform and educate growers. Juan Carlos GarcÃa LÃ³pez de Lara, of Productores de Hortalizas, received the award on behalf of the publication at a ceremony held in Mexico City on August 19, 2013.
â€œThe award represents a commitment to continue working for the benefit of the industry,â€ said Garcia. â€œIt is the result of a collaborative effort that generates great satisfaction for the whole Productores de Hortalizas team.â€
Productores de Hortalizas, a publication of Meister Media Worldwide, won in the category of written and online journalism. The title submitted two pieces for the juryâ€™s consideration, â€œAvoid Botrytis in Pepper: Prevention and Identification of Gray Mold in Protected Cultivation,â€ by JosÃ© Cosme Guerrero Ruiz; and â€œSoil Solarization: The Process and Application in Protected Structures,â€ by JesÃºs Marino Valerio.
Productores de Hortalizas has served vegetable growers in Mexico since 1992. The publication provides extensive coverage of the latest in field and greenhouse vegetable production technology, new products, supplier and manufacturer information and reference materials to nearly 10,000 growers, crop advisors and suppliers. Productores de Hortalizas also manages industry-leading events and award programs.
â€œThis recognition is a great incentive for our team to continue being the leaders in agricultural media in Mexico,â€ said Homero Ontiveros, Publisher of Productores de Hortalizas. â€œWe want to continue providing professional growers with valuable information that will help them be more competitive.â€
The Agricultural Journalism Award supports and recognizes the work of specialized media outlets that provide growers with new and reliable information that will help them be more productive, sustainable and competitive. Award winners will attend the World Congress of the International Association of Agricultural Journalists in Argentina where they will receive the CropLife Latin America silver sculpture.
The jury for reviewing and selecting the winning entries consisted of Dr. Francisco Javier Trujillo Arriaga, CEO of the National Health Service, Food Safety and Quality department (SENASICA), secretary of the Mexican Department of Agriculture (SAGARPA); and Gabriela Estrada Centelles, director of the Bachelor of Journalism and Media Studies at the Institute of Technology and Superior Studies of Monterrey, Mexico City campus.