For more than 30 years, our company Monsanto Caribe LLC has been part of the agricultural biotechnology industry in Puerto Rico. Our site in Juana Diaz has operated for twenty of those 30 years, so we feel very rooted and connected with the southern region of Puerto Rico.
We have all witnessed the great devastation left by Hurricane Maria, specifically in this area. For this reason, we have given ourselves the task of redoubling our efforts and commitment to our communities. I would like to share with you the work we have done there so far.
Upon receiving news of the devastation Hurricane Maria caused in Puerto Rico, four agricultural biotechnology companies, including the Monsanto Company, mobilized a team in the United States to send emergency relief supplies for southern municipalities near their sites in Puerto Rico.
We began to collaborate with the mayors of Ponce, Juana Diaz, Santa Isabel, Salinas, and Guayama, to better understand the needs in these municipalities.
At the request of the Municipality of Juana Díaz, Monsanto Caribe contacted and is working with the Puerto Rico Aqueducts and Sewers Authority (PRASA) in an effort to help reestablish water services there.
“We were approached by Juana Diaz officials to get in touch with PRASA, because they needed generators to be able to activate the pumping stations in different wells that they have in the southern area,” explained Pereira. “Thanks to that, the entire southern part of Juana Diaz has potable water services without major problems, because it is energized by our generators”.
Monsanto Caribe lent four (4) power generators, free of charge, to PRASA “so that they can use them for as long as necessary,” added Pereira.
Monsanto is committed to strengthening both farming communities and the communities where employees live and work, and its employees regularly give back to communities through volunteerism.