Lago Sofia Circular Food is the new initiative that will cultivate vegetable produce with minerals taken from the water used in their fish farming plants. The proposed system is based on nurturing vegetables of dietary intake through residual minerals resulting from salmon farming activities.
The project was signed on Monday March 4th between Lago Sofia, Pentair and the Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC). According to the organizers, it´s the first time a project with such characteristics takes place in the country.
The facilities are located 12 kms from the city of Puerto Montt, in the Chinquihue area and according to the parties involved, the project is based on the circular production of foods allowing a sustainable development.
Miguel Portus, Manager of Strategic Growth at Lago Sofia, assured to AQUA that today the initiative is at a basic engineering design level. Portus adds that this initial phase should be ready in March and his intentions are “to be producing vegetables hand in hand with the salmon production within 12 months.”
Furthermore, Pentair will be the company in charge of supplying and designing the water technologies. Juan Pablo Barrales, Sales and Administration Manager explained that “one of the main challenges will be to reuse the largest amount of water in the fish production and the other, will be to grant the resource, that is to provide the best kind of water for the plants”.
In this line of thought, Rodrigo Figueroa, Dean of the Agriculture and Forestry Engineering Faculty of the PUC detailed that the most important challenges to be delt with will be the transportation of the vegetables to different regions in the country, especially considering that the biggest part of the demand comes from Santiago in the Metropolitan Area. For this reason, the expert considers that it will be relevant to study the business model used for these hydroponic products.
“The Universidad Católica de Chile will be able to create exchanges between students and teachers, along with specific research and thesis works which will contribute to the project, but also at the same time they will gain knowledge” added de Dean.
Guillermo González, Head of the Circular Economy Office at the Ministry of Environment, said to AQUA that “it’s important to point out that this is a regional project because we are a very centralized country and having leading edge innovation projects in Puerto Montt is outstanding.”
*Credits: Rayén Luna | Editec.