“A 77-year-old Colombian farmer who did not graduate from high school has risen over six decades to become one of the world’s leading producers of potatoes. Luis Eduardo Gutierrez, born and raised in the department of Cundinamarca, began growing potatoes at the age of seventeen. By the 1980s he was one of the world’s largest producers of the vegetable, and was dubbed ‘The Potato Czar’.
Of the three million tons of potatoes produced by Colombia each year, 40% come from Cundinamarca, and Gutierrez has played a big part in this, reported newspaper El Tiempo Thursday. In his most profitable years Gutierrez was cultivating some 3,000 hectares of potatoes and today his crops are grown across fifteen municipalities in the department.” – Colombia Reports (more here)