In the framework of International Cooperation, three officials of the Chilean forestry sector carried out different activities in Cajamarca.
In order to share and exchange successful experiences in the forestry sector of Peru and Chile, officials of the National Forestry Corporation and the National Forestry Institute of Chile, visited officials and producers of the forestry sector of Cajamarca. This internship, managed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, through the National Forestry and Wildlife Service, seeks to generate knowledge exchange spaces for the development of the forestry sector in the country, especially in Cajamarca, as it is the main region with forestry production in Peru.
During their stay in Cajamarca, Chilean officials held the Forum: Development of Forest Plantations – Case Chile, where officials from public institutions, representatives of logging companies, forest producers, university teachers and students participated.
In the Forum, Chilean officials presented the history of their country’s forest development, from the depredation of their forests to the installation of forest plantations, as a resource to improve the environment, generate ecosystem services and contribute to improving the quality of life of the Chilean producers. They also mentioned the investments made for the installation of plantations, which included the operating costs for the installation of the forest species, silvicultural management, technical support, search for markets for the commercialization of the forest product, among others.
Accompanied by the technical team of the Forestry and Wildlife Technical Administration (ATFFS) Cajamarca, the officials visited the forestry plantations and nursery of the Cooperativa Agraria de Trabajadores Llullapuquio, in the district of Chetilla, where they could see their effort to move the plantation forward and the support received by the Peruvian State, through the ATFFS Cajamarca. In the place, the officials provided technical assistance to the producers, in seed selection, pruning and thinning management that will contribute to obtaining better quality wood.
Another experience that the Chilean officials knew was that of Granja Porcón, the most emblematic in the region, having 10 thousand hectares planted with timber forest species, such as pine (Pinus patula and Pinus radiata). At Granja Porcón, they exchanged knowledge about the importance of forest management and the constant search for markets for the commercialization of wood.
Finally, on their last day of stay in Cajamarca, Chilean officials visited a tara plantation (Caesalpinia spinosa) and a natural forest of this non-timber forest species, to learn about its management, potential and commercialization, because, in the neighboring country, this forest species does not exist.