St. Louis, MO (PRWEB) May 15, 2006
For the first time, thanks to Doe Run Peru and the Agricultural Bureau of Yauli, farming communities from several Peruvian highland regions, including Jauja, Concepcion, Tarma, Satipo, Chanchamayo and Pasco, were able to participate in the Junin region’s eighth annual High Andes Agricultural Fair. Held April 19 – 23, the event brought together farming communities from outlying regions to compare the best in regional crops, livestock, farming practices and handicrafts. The fair was held in the Santa Rose de Sacco district in the Junin Region.
“This event is recognized by the Regional Bureau of Agriculture of Junin as one of the best and biggest of its kind in the country,” explained Dr. Juan Carlos Huyhua, general manager of Doe Run Peru. “Since the first fair in 1999, the event has grown in success – both in terms of participation and variety – and this year, it expanded to include more than 100 individual producers and farming communities. We’re pleased to sponsor this event and proud to see the communities embrace and enhance the region’s sustainable agricultural development.”
The Agricultural Fair provides both social and educational opportunities for participants and visitors. Exhibitors compete for awards for top livestock including prize sheep, cattle, llamas, alpaca and other animals, as well as for agriculture crops. The event also offers farmers the opportunity to meet potential buyers for their produce and livestock and the opportunity to exchange experiences and ideas, and to evaluate the genetic improvement of livestock and crops.
Over the years, Doe Run Peru has helped support the introduction of superior breeds of cattle, sheep and alpacas, along with improved breeding of smaller animals and the introduction of cultivated grass and the handling of natural prairies. Additionally, technical training provided to farmers by top professionals from the National Agricultural University-La Molina and other centers of study in the Central Sierra has improved feeding and livestock management programs at the local level.
According to Huyhua, the Agricultural Fair provides concrete evidence that the regional economy is not solely dependent on mining, and that mining and agriculture can coexist harmoniously and productively.
In recognition of the Fair’s size and success, the Regional Bureau of Agriculture of Junin, included this year’s event in the National Calendar of Agricultural Fairs. The ninth annual High Andes Agricultural Fair is scheduled for April 2007.
Based in St. Louis, The Doe Run Company is a privately held natural resources company dedicated to environmentally responsible mineral production, metals fabrication, recycling and reclamation. The company and its subsidiaries deliver products and services needed to provide power, protection and convenience through premium products and associated metals including lead, zinc, copper, gold and silver. As the operator of one of the world’s only multi-metal facilities and the Americas’ largest integrated lead producer, Doe Run employs more than 5,000 people, with U.S. operations in Missouri, Washington and Arizona, and Peruvian operations in Cobriza and La Oroya. Committed to sustainable development, The Doe Run Company has helped bring electrical power, business training, educational opportunities and improved telecommunications to rural communities in Peru and the U.S. For more information, visit http://www.doerun.com.
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