Thanks to an agreement on health and productive promotion for small producers that work with the Agricultural Development Institute (INDAP), signed between the public agency and ChileCarne, the Chilean Meat Exporters’ Association, more than 100 of INDAP’s technicians and professionals will be trained in productive, health, and biosecurity issues, with a focus on poultry and swine.

The presentations will be divided into four modules, where attendees will be able to learn more details about exotic and endemic diseases in poultry and swine, productive management, and biosecurity. The final activity will be a necropsy practical workshop, where they will be able to compare the morphological features of healthy and sick animals, so they will be able to identify and differentiate them.

Carolina Larraín, ChileCarne’s Head of Poultry Health, commented that “this is quite an important project for us, since it allows us to provide tools and knowledge to the technicians that work with small producers in order to help preserve the animal health asset of the Chilean industry. On the other hand, this is an instance for us to learn more about the problems INDAP’s technicians and professionals face on a daily basis, and thus be able to provide them with relevant advice.”

In turn, María Ignacia Apel, ChileCarne’s Head of Swine Health, highlighted the relevance of these opportunities for INDAP’s technicians. “We believe that these activities co-organized with INDAP allow technicians working with animal owners to update their knowledge base on diseases, biosecurity, food, health and the productive management of animals, among other topics. This provides animal owners with tools to conduct their activities in the field,” she explained.

The following step will be to train new technicians and professionals from the regions of O’Higgins, Bío Bío and Maule.