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Wichí communities will have their processing plant

The Processing Plant is a milestone for the production and inclusion of the native communities of Salta. A commitment to
All environment
La Planta Procesadora es un hito para la producción
| 16 November, 2019 |

The Wichí communities of the Rivadavia department, Sal ta, will now have a mill and fractionator establishment of carob flour, mistol and chañar. The recently inaugurated Tayhi K’os Lhay, which in Wichí means fruits of the bush, is a mill and fractionator establishment of carob, mistol and chañar flour. Seven workers work in the room and benefit directly from the sale of carob 100 families from the three communities mentioned above.

Carob is one of the oldest indigenous foods used in South America, being one of the main forest products not loggers in the country. Their consumption is linked to ancestral customs, they elaborated carob flour with wooden mortar. This is extracted from the fruits or pods that give carob trees, which are harvested between November and February. From each tree can be obtained annually between 15 and 40 kg of flour of carob. The value chain begins with collection, classification, washing, drying, grinding and subsequent packaging.

The recent inauguration is part of a series of activities that the project has been developing at Coronel Juan Solá since 2015. Initially, the work focused on the valorization of the fruit of white carob (Prosopis alba). Then they continued with other fruits of the dry Chaco mountain. In conjunction with the Tepeyac Civil Association, training and experiences were carried out in pilot plots, developing different products.

The participation of political institutions

This will enable communities to process their production, standardize it and pack it to arrive with a high quality product to a market. Diego Moreno, Secretary of Environmental Policy, said: “It will result in an improvement in the quality of life of people and in a better valuation of the resources of the native forest.”

“ We can’t think of a development like this without people, without the environment or without the institutional,” Moreno said. He was accompanied by Gustavo Dada, head of the Biodiversity Program of the EnvironmentSecretariat and Sustainable Development of Salta. They added that the various social actors must reach consensus and dialogue paths in order to generate these initiatives.

The inauguration of the processing plant represents a milestone for this town. It benefits the Wichí communities Lewetes Kalehi, Lewetes, Lewetes Letsenkwatand the Tepeyac Civil Association. Also participating in this project are the Secretariat for the Environment and Sustainable Development of the Nation and the United Nations Programme for Development. Together with the Global Environment Facility and the SaltaSecretariat of Environment and Sustainable Development.

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