A group of 20 fish farmers, university professors and technical analysts from Brazil visited Puerto Montt last week, as part of a mission to learn from Chile’s aquaculture sector.
Valeria Louise Da Silva, aquaculture project manager of the Brazilian micro and small business support service Sabrae Mato Grosso, said the delegation saw the Chilean salmon sector as a good example of both technologically astute fish production and value-added processing.
“Therefore, we wanted to bring Brazilian producers to know new alternatives that might allow them to develop their own businesses in a sustainable manner,” she explained.
Meanwhile, the president of the Association of Fish Farmers in Mato Grosso (Aquamat), Daniel Garcia de Carvalho, said this was an incredible opportunity to observe the cutting-edge of the country’s salmon sector.
“It was a great learning opportunity about these technologies that we can adapt or incorporate into our operations, to improve aquaculture in our country,” he said.
The tour was organised by Greetech Chile, a local firm established to capitalise on the growing interest in agro-tourism and the trend towards greater knowledge-transfer in the aquaculture sector.
The delegates visited a wide range of facilities including Ventisqueros’ processing plant, Salmones Austral’s Quillaipe farm, the technology supplying companies Innovex, AKVA Group and Sitecna, the aquaculture research centre i~mar, the export agency ProChile and SalmoChile. They were also able to visit the ATC Patagonia trials facility and a wellboat, the Orca Yagan.