11 de June de 2015 - 5:45 pm Tiempo de lectura: 2 minutos | No. de palabras: 441 | 2077 visitas
Yachay Public Company and the Livestock Farmer’s Association of the Sierra and East, (AGSO in Spanish), presented the First Livestock Farmers’ Training Module with Argentine experts from the University of La Plata, for producers from Cayambe, Quero, Machachi and Urcuquí.
The trainings are part of the “Technological Development and Dissemination of Good Farming Practices” which Yachay runs under the Bilateral Cooperation Program between the Government of Ecuador and Argentina, to strengthen the institutional commitment to the improvement and innovation of the productive matrix of the country.
The Argentinian experts will be in Ecuador for two weeks, addressing topics such as:
Collecting and loading milk production and reproduction data, heat detection and artificial insemination, and Reproductive Management.
Yachay Public Company General Manager, Hector Rodriguez, noted that the beneficiaries of this program will be the “trainers of trainers”, since the idea is to “prepare experts on good farming practices to promote integrated and sustainable development of livestock farming in Ecuador”.
For Rodriguez, whenever a process of productive matrix is changing, technological transfer is generated and points towards teacher trainers, and small and medium producers, who have their livelihood in the milk industry, which is why, Juan Pablo Grijalva, AGSO Manager, admitted that what is wanted with this training, is not only to meet domestic demand but that the products are of high quality.
“In Ecuador 100 liters of milk are consumed by each person per year; when our goal is to consume 150 liters per person per year. Ecuadorians drink much milk, so we have to work on this. We must be aware that production will rise faster than consumption, so we need to move to overseas markets, we need to export. Therefore, we need to improve competitiveness and training helps to achieve this, “said Grijalva.
Luzbel de la Sota Argentinian expert at the University of La Plata, emphasized that they are able to provide this event, thanks to support from Yachay. “Our interest is not just to help in good practices, but also find out what the best practices are that suit Ecuador, not simply copying a model because that would be the biggest mistake we could make as experts in cooperation … The most important challenge is to find which of the practices that we have experienced, will be the best fit for the reality (of the country) for this project to continue into the future.”
The Yachay Public Company General Manager said that in the medium term, the objective is to have a management center for good farming practices, in which the implementation of livestock breeding happens through a research center that allows for the development of techniques and appropriate treatment with local practices. (GM-CM / YACHAY EP)