President Alan Garcia, inaugurates fish protein processing plant. (Photo: Oscar Farje, presidencia.gob.pe)
Opening of first fish protein processing plant
Thursday, June 30, 2011, 03:10 (GMT + 9)
Proteicos Concentrados (Blue Wave Marine Ingredients) has just opened a fish meal processing plant for direct human consumption (CHD) in the city of Pisco, Ica Region.
The opening ceremony was attended by the president of Perú, Alan García Pérez and the head of the Ministry of Production (Produce), Luis Nava Guibert.
The new plant will process whole fish (anchovy) and fish remains to produce a purified and bioactive protein, which ensures a high protein product, according to Produce.
The resulting product is a powder that turns into mush for direct human consumption, for the pharmaceutical industry and as a replacement for whey protein.
|Fish protein processing plant. (Photo: Oscar Farje, presidencia.gob.pe)
With this new product children will be fed with non-fishy tasting or smelling baby food, soup and pasta.
"We are absolutely satisfied to be able to accompany them on this occasion. We are pleased to know that soon another firm will be opened in the north of Perú," Minister Nava Guibert commented.
Meanwhile, García Pérez said: "It's high time Perú consumed its own fish and our younger generations and children of the future boasted what previous generations had not had before."
|President Alan Garcia at the new processing plant. (Photo: Oscar Farje, presidencia.gob.pe)
Produce head said that for the last five years the Government has kept as a state policy the promotion of sustainable fishing and ensured the responsible use of aquatic resources.
The construction of the plant required an investment of USD 6 million.
"We have reduced child mortality, maternal mortality and chronic malnutrition also, but we would have advanced a lot more if the previous government had fostered the setting up of a plant like this," the Peruvian president concluded.
By Analia Murias