Equipped with INTA technology and knowledge for their classification, dismissal, deponification and packaging, the Pilot Plant of Added Value of Quinoa and Andean Crops was inaugurated that will benefit 200 producers from the north of the Puna Jujuy and the Quebrada de Humahuaca.
Meeting in the Jujuy town of Posta de Hornillos, provincial and institutional authorities launched the Pilot Plant of Added Value of Quinoa and Andean Crops. This achievement will benefit 200 agroecological producers of quinoa in the north of the Puna Jujuy and the Quebrada de Humahuaca and will allow the grain to be conditioned so that it is suitable for human consumption.
"We have an average production in the order of 800 kilos per hectare that, if we work well, we can reach two tons," said the governor, who also indicated that there are irrigation projects underway to boost quinoa production.
And he added: "To the extent that we accompany infrastructure such as water wells or irrigation facilities, we will improve production, along with the price and quality of life of our producers and, consequently, their productivity."
In turn, Juan Carlos Abud Robles - Minister of Economic Development and Production of Jujuy - acknowledged feeling "great satisfaction" when opening the plant, "which will allow progress on an issue that is central for us and for our province: value aggregate".
"It is key to work on industrialization so that our producers can obtain a better price and, through that, they can grow, especially in the Puna." In this sense, he highlighted quinoa and considered it "a great opportunity."
Regarding the growth prospects of this ancestral crop, the minister was enthusiastic about the national government's demand to boost production. "We are working on an agreement to be able to project a greater production and thus take advantage of the income that it will give us," Robles assured.
Morales: "We have an average production in the order of 800 kilos per hectare that, if we work well, we can reach two tons."
For his part, Héctor Daza –secretary of Popular Economy– was excited about the inauguration and considered it “one more achievement” of the Quinua Jujuy Complex. “We are launching a very important technological innovation, with which we can improve the quality of the product to be sold. With this plant we have a great challenge that adds to the efforts made so far by the provincial government ”.
And, along these lines, Daza highlighted the institutional framework of achievement and decentralization work in the popular economy: "We believe that if we do not strengthen our local institutions it is impossible to give possibilities to family farming and our urban entrepreneurs."
For his part, the Undersecretary of Family Agriculture and Territorial Development –Felipe Crespo– assured that together with the provincial government they are going to strengthen Andean crops in order to access better markets. "We are going to have a quality quinoa that is fractioned so that they can access the Buenos Aires markets," he said.
Likewise, he underlined the impact that unfair competition generates in regional productions, for which he assured that they will strengthen the Competitiveness Table in order to expand markets.
In the words of Marcelo Bosch - vice president of INTA - the inter-institutional work, interdisciplinary work, joint work and the support of different sectors of society were specified: “All this goes towards the development of the province of Jujuy, to the added value, to the generation of employment, to the search for a better quality of life and to the development of Argentina ”.
In turn, Damián Alcoba - director of the IPAF NOA of INTA - considered the inauguration of the plant as "a very meaningful moment", while saying: "Today we have a model plant for its use and to be able to replicate and put at the service of other latitudes, these technologies ”.
In this sense, he highlighted the participation of farmers in the region: "I have sincere gratitude to the collective work carried out together by those who make up the Quinoa Jujuy Complex, the Ministry of Production, the Ministry of Popular Economy and Productive Development , UCAR and the Secretariat of Family Agriculture ”.
Numerous national, provincial, institutional and municipal authorities participated in the inauguration ceremony, among which were Estela Ríos –secretary of Productive Development–, Félix Pérez –secretary of Coordination of Development Agencies–, Hugo Cruz and Hugo Mamaní –maimará municipal commissioners. and Tumbaya, respectively, Héctor Espina –national director of INTA–, Andrea Maggio –director of CIPAF–, Jorge Griot – vice rector of the National University of Jujuy–, among others.
Equipped with INTA technology and knowledge for its classification, firing, deponification and packaging, the plant will benefit 200 agroecological producers of quinoa from the north of Puna Jujuy and Quebrada de Humahuaca.
In order to benefit 200 agroecological producers of quinoa from the north of the Puna Jujuy and the Quebrada de Humahuaca, the plant will have a sorter-cleaner and three scarifiers jointly designed by technicians from IPAF NOA and from the Palpal company FLAMA SRL. In addition, it has a stripper of Peruvian origin, as well as dosing and packaging machines of national manufacture.
With this infrastructure, the process of beneficiation or deponification of quinoa can be developed, which allows its conditioning so that it is suitable for human consumption. In addition, to be able to automatically dose and pack pearl quinoa.
Located on the IPAF NOA property and designed under the requirements of Bromatology qualification of the Jujuy province (SUNIBROM- Superior Bromatological Unit), the plant has 260 square meters, of which 152 are covered, in addition to areas conditioned for the loading and unloading of products.
The project was possible thanks to funding from UCAR-PROSAP through the Cluster Development Support Initiative and the Secretariat of Popular Economy of the Jujuy government.
Quinoa: as small as it is valuable
As it is a native crop closely linked to the ancestral knowledge and history of the region, quinoa is a deeply rooted productive practice in the NOA with great opportunities for family farming and small production.
It is an Andean grain without gluten and with high quality proteins, calcium, phosphorus, iron and magnesium. The grain is consumed in a similar way to rice or ground into flours. In addition, it has great adaptability to the environment, tolerance to water scarcity and resistance to diseases.
Although, in Argentina, it is still an incipient production and self-consumption, whose management is carried out manually and with little technification, technologies and innovations such as those developed by INTA allow to promote this activity with great economic prospects.