In 2013, Antapaccay decided to formalise its activities to support subsistence cattle farmers in the Espinar province, where the copper asset is located. This programme is focused specifically on local families who depend primarily on cattle breeding for their livelihood. Since formalising the programme, Antapaccay has invested around PEN7.8 million ($2.2 million), addressing four main areas:

  • Animal health services and artificial insemination
  • Creating pasture and fodder
  • Improving water availability for animal consumption
  • Improving local crop production for human consumption

The programme’s success stems from directly and fully involving the local families and community leaders affected, allowing us to manage the project in a fully participatory and transparent manner. The impact of the programme has been significant, assisting over 3,000 families from 69 different sectors within Antapaccay’s area of influence. During 2015, we ran:

  • 224 deworming campaigns to control parasitic diseases, that included more than 53,000 cows, sheep, llamas and alpaca
  • Artificial insemination programmes for genetic improvement, involving over 1,700 dairy cows from 570 separate producers in the surrounding area
  • Artificial insemination programmes for genetic improvement involving approximately 500 Corriedale sheep from the herds of 36 families
  • Technical and sanitary assistance for over 82,000 animals

In addition, Antapaccay has planted nearly 2,500ha of fodder oats in dry lands and created 481ha of permanently cultivated alfalfa pastures. We helped local communities to harvest 450ha of fodder oats during 2014 and 2015, and conducted an evaluation of oat productivity in high Andean areas.

Through these initiatives, the province’s milk productivity and quality has significantly improved, benefiting the local families who depend on it. The project has established synergies with PLACME, Antapaccay’s milk collection plant, within Espinar’s dairy production chain.