National Rice Growers Federation
The Federation's purpose is to defend and represent rice farmers at the national level. Aiming at the producer, it promotes its technological development, seeking economic efficiency and greater competitiveness.
Fedearroz's research is projected within the framework of the political, economic, social and technical variables that affect production.
National Rice Growers Federation
Strengthen the rice production guild with more efficient farmers and a better quality of life, generating greater economic development for their regions and better grain quality for the country.
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The year 1947, when the Federación Nacional de Arroceros FEDEARROZ was founded, was part of a period in Colombia in which the first symptoms of programmed State intervention in the economy began to appear, which started with the so-called Revolución en Marcha, of which the constitutional reform of 1936 and Law 200 of the same year were part.
The difficulties of rice farmers in Ibagué, Espinal, Saldaña, Ortega, Alvarado, Venadillo, Lérida, Ambalema and Armero encouraged them to get together and form an association to represent them before the state.
It was Gildardo Armel, a man coming from coffee and its growing areas, born in Chinchiná and dedicated from his early years to buying coffee for export and later linked as a rice grower to his Rosalda and Arielandia farms, located near Ortega, who spread enthusiasm and led his colleagues to undertake the happy initiative. Valentina de Armel recalls that the first meetings to create what today is the National Rice Growers Federation were held with growers from the Tolima region.
Armel initially invited Delio Suárez, Guillermo Laserna and José Raad to join him in this venture. Thus, at his invitation, a large group of farmers gathered on the afternoon of Wednesday, May 28, 1947, at the Lusitania Hotel in Ibagué, a traditional meeting place for producers, millers and traders, where general matters concerning the grain market were usually discussed. However, this time the meeting was more specific and definitely historical.
Luego se sumaron otros destacados cultivadores y con el correr de los días, asistían más y más interesados. Con el proyecto en ciernes, la Federación de Arroceros del Tolima se consolidó con el tiempo como gremio y empezó a tener una mirada sobre todo el país.
On January 31 of the following year, the first Departmental Assembly of rice growers was held in the same city, where the statutes and the legal status duly issued by the authorities were made known.
Once the Federation's legal and organizational existence was formalized, its first National Congress was held at the Lions Club, with the presence of Santiago Trujillo Gómez, as Minister of Agriculture.
From that moment on, the institution continued its march towards the future, under the protection of an authentic representation of national life and financed with a voluntary contribution of five cents per bundle and five arrobas of paddy rice, based on a rate of twenty-five bundles per hectare - harvest, which was the same rate with which the rice growers of Tolima had been contributing since its foundation.
Subsequently, during the IV National Congress of Rice Growers held in Cali in May 1952, it was agreed that the celebration of Rice Day would be on May 28 of each year, asking the national government to accept this date by means of a providence.
At the same event, it was unanimously agreed to appoint Gildardo Armel as Honorary President of the Federation, following his irrevocable resignation as manager.
Promoter of technification and new varieties.
However, Mr. Jorge Ruiz Quiroga, a pioneer in the crop, encouraged and promoted technification and new varieties, making it possible to organize the sale of inputs.
He obtained support from the banks for the benefit of the rice sector, led the agro-industrial development and the technification of the crop, initiating a new era for the permanence and profitability of the sector, which brought with it the national projection of the Federation.