The initiative to improve and capture milk production was made in Tonicorp together with Mipro and UNDP. He also had the accompaniment of the MAG. Improving the quality of the milk, of the productive chain and increasing the finances of small livestock producers is the objective of the Socially Inclusive Livestock Program, which was presented in Guayaquil by the Tonicorp company.
This initiative is implemented using the methodology of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), technical support from the Ministry of Industries and Productivity (MIPRO) and the accompaniment of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG).
Around 3,000 people, linked to the dairy production of Cañar, Azuay and Chimborazo, are the direct and indirect beneficiaries of this program that was developed in nine months. During this time, the livestock associations of the rural parishes of Irquis, Biblián, Verdepamba, Coyoctor and La Candelaria intervened in the milk supply chain of Tonicorp, which reduced vulnerabilities and poverty, as well as generating opportunities for full and productive employment.
Guillermo Adam, chairman of the board of the Tonicorp Holding, said that there is a permanent commitment to the communities where they operate and that the objective is to seek economic, inclusive and sustainable development.
“An example is this initiative that impacts small milk producers in terms of quality, productivity and incorporation of MSMEs (micro, small and medium entrepreneurs) to our value chain, improving their competitiveness and income level.”
The event also counted with the presence of the ministers of Industries, Eva García, and of Agriculture and Livestock, Rubén Flores, who, when traveling through the Tonicorp plant, verified the supplier processes carried out by the dairy producers.
Flores mentioned that the livestock program focuses on feeding and nourishing people, “because milk is a strategic component in the nutrition process.” For the minister “milk producers are now suppliers of this industry and guarantee planning in production. That is where all the sectors should aim.”
While García said that currently Mipro’s work focuses on strengthening SMEs because it is a strategic actor to reactivate the economy of traditionally excluded areas and boost the growth of the livestock sector. “Within the objectives of the Ministry is to institutionalize the work methodology as a service to the industrial and agroindustrial sector.
Within this framework is the Encadena project, which seeks to promote and establish the necessary conditions for the strengthening of competitiveness through the incorporation of greater Ecuadorian added value “.
The Mipro informed that in the Supplier Development Program, two consultants accredited by the UNDP participate in a productive chain, formed by an anchor company that demands goods and services, and strategic suppliers. Until 2019, Mipro plans to intervene in the program in the coffee, cocoa, plastics and metalworking sectors.
Agreement with GAD improves livestock production
The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) and the Municipality of San Fernando, in Azuay, they signed an agreement to carry out the Project for the Promotion of the Sanitary Management of Cattle and Minor Animals, which benefits 200 peasant families.
The general objective of the initiative is the improvement of livestock production, through the strengthening of animal health, restocking of pastures and the adequate use of medicines. “For this, the technical knowledge of the producers will be strengthened, five new hectares of improved pasture will be planted and a technified system of nutrition, reproduction and animal health will be established,” explained Juan Galarza, agricultural provincial director in Azuay.
The intervention of the project will last 12 months, after which an evaluation of the results of the joint investment will be made, which reaches $ 11,721. “The initiative will reach 500 cattle and 800 small animals with the support of the Ministry,” said Marco Peña, mayor of San Fernando. (I)