Antapaccay, our Peruvian copper asset, runs an initiative to support alpaca and sheep breeders in the province of Espinar. The FILASAC plant is in the Pallpata district; it was established in October 2014. It offers local breeders fair market prices, as well as product collections with the option of free mechanical shearing, training programmes and technical advice.
FILASAC provides local employment and trade opportunities for Pallpata and across Espinar. It coordinates with district municipalities and community leaders to organise collections based on each community’s needs, with its main purposes being to:
- Develop a wool market for alpaca and sheep breeders
- Ensure fair and transparent prices for fibre collections
- Guarantee fair weighing with electronic scales
- Train producers in shearing and fleece practices, and product classification
- Price wool and fibre products based on quality classification, to maintain incentives for high quality producers
- Widen producers’ options for selling fibre and wool in Espinar
- Contribute to fibre and wool price regulation by establishing quality standards and offering training in those requirements
FILASAC runs an ongoing training programme for breeders, both at the plant and in the field. It offers free shearing during collection days, and contributes to breeding knowledge and improved shearing methods. Programmes include:
- Shearing school: theoretical and practical training in electromagnetic shearing, allowing producers to join the labour market and become trainers themselves, as well as providing technical support to their communities
- Fibre and wool classification: theoretical and practical training in the national regulations for product classification, with opportunities for internships in the plant
FILASAC visits community agricultural fairs to demonstrate its training and run shearing competitions. So far the plant has conducted 111 collections from 47 local communities; 44 collections took place at the fibre plant and the remainder were from community collection points at individual farms. Over the last 14 months, FILASAC has bought more than 63,000lb of fibre and 350,000lb of wool; it has paid PEN1.65 million to some 850 producers. In addition, 244 producers have had training so far; the first group of 25 shearers is being currently trained.