In the field

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It’s safe to say Rolando ‘Alan’ Cuyos, 55, knows his pineap­ples. He has been plant­ing pineap­ples for Dole for 25 years. Cuyos en­joys the plant­ing and one of his re­spon­si­bil­i­ties is to spread the root buds of the pineap­ple be­fore plant­ing it. “Ev­ery­thing about the com­pany starts with plant­ing,” Cuyos says. When he was younger he could plant at least 7800 plants in un­der six hours, some­thing he is proud of. De­spite the high tally Cuyos does not rush the plant­ing process. “You have to be aware of its po­si­tion be­cause the root needs to be slightly bent. If not, it can sim­ply fall to the ground,” he says. “The se­cret is to plant and work with good qual­ity. Slowly but surely. I just do it care­fully. I don’t rush.”

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