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Falklands and Punta Arenas work to establish closer agriculture technical links

Thursday, October 6th 2011 - 02:32 UTC
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Andrew Pollard Senior Agriculture advisor Andrew Pollard Senior Agriculture advisor
Tim Miller from Stanley Growers Tim Miller from Stanley Growers

Representatives from the Falkland Islands Agriculture Department and private sector visited Punta Arenas in the extreme south of Chile to establish closer commercial, technical and academic links related to farming development.

According to Punta Arenas press, Andrew Pollard Senior Agriculture advisor and Tim Miller the main vegetables producer in the Islands were specially invited to meet academic and technical staff from the University of Magallanes Agriculture Engineering School.

At the meeting with the Dean of the Agriculture Engineering School Sergio Radic and the Chilean Agriculture ministry representative in Magallanes, Manuel Bitsch and with the head of the regional Agriculture and Livestock Services, SAG, Pollard and Miller discussed ways to exchange experiences and data on animal genetics and technologies for improving livestock quality as well as increasing commercial, academic and specific fields’ links.

One of the issues which is most advanced is a program for University of Magallanes agriculture students to spend time working during summer vacation in Falklands livestock farms and in vegetable growing particularly hydroponics which has a long and successful experience in the Islands.

Another area to promote is the fluid exchange of data on cattle breeding since both in the Falklands and in Magallanes region the emphasis has been to improve livestock management based on sustainable production.

“This could involve in the near future the exchange of rams and ovine genetics to better the flocks”, according to Chilean sources plus the possibility of having Punta Arenas handle Falklands’ exports.

“Commercial relations with the Islands have a long history and when a ferry linked Punta Arenas with Port Stanley once a month there were large volumes of forestry and agriculture products exported to the Islands and we hope we can recover the flow of trade and exports” said Otzen, head of SAG.

“The meeting was most productive and allows us to undertake some kind of mutual benefit links, which has begun with the University of Magallanes initiative for exchange students to spend time in the Islands because we are interested in having access to their production systems since there are close similarities and conditions with our region”, pointed out Bitsch the Chilean Agriculture Ministry representative in Magallanes.

He added that “in a near future we expect to travel to the Islands with staff from SAG and INIA (Agriculture research) to check on their production, livestock quality and the breeds they have such as Polwarth that they have introduced with the purpose of obtaining finer wools”.

Tim Miller, who has been running Stanley Growers greenhouses for over two decades and supplies local groceries and cruise vessels with fresh vegetables, also gave a conference on hydroponics to agriculture students and local farmers invited for the event.

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  • Alejomartinez

    So timely! Hurry up as the flight ARGENTINA authorizes to the islands will soon be over. You can't complain after so many years of Argentine good will indeed. Remember that it was Chile that suspended the flight in 1998. It's not a coincidence you promote and disseminate all this “cooperation” after Argentina's decision; then you name it. You are the ones provoking and

    Oct 06th, 2011 - 03:38 am 0
  • Monty69

    Provoking and what?
    This is what normal neighbourly relations looks like. It's been going on for years. It does't always make the news, because it's normal life.
    It's newsworthy now because it's under threat.

    And you don't get to tell any of us that we can't complain. 'Argentine good will' ?? What are you talking about? Where good will?

    Oct 06th, 2011 - 10:20 am 0
  • Anti-Fascist


    You are a fascist, peronism is fascism, your wishes to STAMP on the people of the Falkland Islands is fascism. Like all fascist you will go to hell!

    We don't like using flights from Argentina, you are a nationion run by childlike fascists, with a psychosis and a fixation on other peoples national territory. We will be happy when these flights stop and your war veterans will only have your government to balime that they can not get to the Falklands.

    All Argentina can do is make childlike claims on our islands based on a landing made by a German and a band of British expats almost two centuries ago. Laughable!

    Keep goose stepping Alejomartinez you may shake your brain out of your ass!

    Oct 06th, 2011 - 11:17 am 0
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