MONTEVIDEO – A delegation of businessmen from northern Peru’s dairy sector arrived in Uruguay with the aim of strengthening and improving their local production by gaining experience in the Uruguayan model, the spokesman for the group, Federico Tenorio, told EFE on Tuesday.
“Uruguay is a power in South America in this field and our aim is to learn about technological, marketing, and product diversity aspects. But we also came to learn about ... business models,” Tenorio said during a meeting at the Latin American Integration Association (Aladi).
The expert, who is also the general director of the Ecumenical Social Action Center of the North (Cedepas), emphasized Uruguay’s cooperative business model which, he said, is “one of the most advanced” in South America, and thus it is “appropriate” for Peru’s small and medium livestock sector.
“Our country is much more diversified, we have (agriculture), fishing, mining, tourism, but we don’t produce on the level or scale of Uruguay. I think that it’s a model to imitate, to capture and to see what things can be adapted to the Peruvian reality,” he said.
Peru’s ambassador to Uruguay, Augusto Arzubiaga, told EFE that this kind of business meeting is “something very necessary” for cooperation among the countries of South America.
“All farmers are seeking to strengthen (themselves) and learn from the experiences of other countries, especially in such an agriculture-oriented country as Uruguay, a country that can teach many things, in that regard. This experience is very valuable,” he said.
The Peruvian businessmen will be in Uruguay for a week, during which time they will meet with representatives of the National Milk Institute, the National Cooperativism Institute, the Uruguay XXI Institute for the Promotion of Investments and Exports and visit different firms in the dairy sector.