To learn more about the company’s sustainability and circular economy initiatives, the minister visited La Ramirana treatment plant.
Joined by Agrosuper’s General Manager, Guillermo Díaz del Río, the Presidential Delegate of the O’Higgins Region, Ricardo Guzmán, the Regional Secretary of Agriculture, Joaquín Arriagada, ODEPA’s Director, María José Irarrázaval, and ChileCarne’s President, Juan Carlos Domínguez, the Minister of Agriculture, María Emilia Undurraga, saw how the company manages waste from the pig breeding process on site.
“We were able to see how companies have adapted on the ground to the need to take charge of the complete production cycle in a circular economy, considering long-term sustainability. These technologies are unique worldwide in many aspects that we want to replicate,” said Minister Undurraga.
In turn, Agrosuper’s General Manager, Guillermo Díaz del Río, stated that “we are very grateful for her visit because she was able to see first-hand what is done in the field and how Agrosuper works. Sustainability is present throughout these facilities after years of hard work, lessons learned, and considerable investments.”
The tour included a visit to the pig slurry treatment process (a mixture of manure, water, and urine), which begins at the biodigester where gases emitted during this phase are captured and then burned, reducing odor emissions by more than 90%.
After that, she visited the activated sludge plant where the liquid is separated from the solid part through physical and chemical processes. The water obtained is treated with biological techniques to denitrify and reduce its organic load. This is done so it can be reused to clean the barns and agricultural irrigation while the solid part is transformed into bio-fertilizer, which is used as organic fertilizer and soil improver for agricultural land.
“The work that Agrosuper has done is highly important. Now the challenge is to replicate it in other local industries for the O’Higgins Region to grow as an agri-food powerhouse,” said the Presidential Delegate, Ricardo Guzmán.
“We wanted to see what the pig industry is doing on the ground in terms of sustainability, incorporating new technologies that allow for sustainable pork production, a circular economy that makes the most of every resource, manages to reduce water use, and uses energy more efficiently,” said Juan Carlos Domínguez, ChileCarne’s President.
This process is part of Agrosuper’s environmental investments, which amount to 250 million USD, while always aiming for continuous improvement.