Mussel farm. (Photo: Municipalidad de Chonchi)
Technology university and foundation encourage sustainable mussel farming
Saturday, October 07, 2017, 02:00 (GMT + 9)
Fundación Chinquihue and Technological University of Chile (INACAP) have signed a collaboration agreement to bring mussel farmers’ needs closer to future professionals and, potentially, to develop new low-cost technological solutions for the national mussel farming sector, the second largest export industry at the regional level.
The agreement will integrate the best aspects of both parties and will make it available to the sector the knowledge and educational capacities as well as R&D&I of the high school of studies.
To this end, implemented by Fundación Chinquihue and supported by Corfo the Centre for Technological Extension for Sustainable Mussel Farming (CETMIS) will play a key role, serving as a bridge between INACAP resources and capabilities, and the reality and needs of small producers of Chilean mussels from the Region of Los Lagos.
Regarding the motivations to develop this collaboration agreement, INACAP Innovation Director, headquartered at Puerto Montt, Gastón Oyarzún, commented that it is essential for Technological University of Chile (UTC) to establish alliances between the academy and regional industry.
In turn, CETMIS manager Luis Oliva said he had a lot of expectations regarding this agreement, given the prestige and capabilities the INACAP has and the scope that this rapprochement between the academy and producers could have. "National mussel farming still requires a lot of technological solutions that have not been developed and also of professionals with greater specialization in the area," he said.
Specifically, this agreement involves the following academic areas of INACAP: Administration and Business, Electricity and Electronics, Informatics and Telecommunications, Mechanics and Industrial Processes.
In the meantime, initially it involves a talk of the CETMIS related to the technological challenges of regional mussel farming; the visit of academics and/or students to mussel farming centres; the outline of a technological bulletin for this productive sector, from the demands of the metalworking industry, electricity and/or computer science; the preparation of a portfolio of ideas for R+D+i projects for mussel farming; and the development of graduate projects in areas reaching CETMIS.
INACAP aims at the technical-professional training and comprehensive training of human resources required by the economic and productive development of the country. It develops its activities of higher education through INACAP Technical Training Centre, INACAP Professional Institute and INACAP Technological University of Chile.
Fundación Chinquihue is a private non-profit organization whose objective is to promote the development of the artisanal fishing sector, making it possible to improve the socio-economic situation of artisanal and small-scale fishermen and farmers, and encouraging the free functioning of the regional product markets.
CETMIS is a Technological Extension Centre aimed at delivering Technical Assistance to micro, small and medium enterprises of the national mussel farming, facilitating its approach to the most advanced technology, to improve its productive results and its competitive position in a sustainable way.