Issue - May 2007

May 2007

In this Issue, an interview with Ana Cecilia Moreno, how she wanted to break the image of elite dance. Caroline Amouyal met with Anysongo.

Read about the history of Los Tiempos our local newspaper in Cochabamba. Andean Traditions, always present in our more...

May 2007

Hacienda Pairumani


By Tania Delamotte
Volunteer Projects Abroad
Paris, France
Audencia Ecole de Management- Nantes -France

Located at an altitude of 2600m, the Pairumani model farm is the first farm in Bolivia producing dairy products according to the principles of biologic agriculture. The farm is part of the Simon I. Patiño foundation, and its aim is to show that the introduction of biological agriculture in Bolivia at a reasonable price (that means, reachable for everyone in the community) is not just wishful thinking.

Since the farm started its activities in 1970, a huge range of products has been created and is very successful. In most of the shops and supermarkets in and around Cochabamba, you can find the Pairumani milk, its cheese or its delicious yoghurts (natural or with fruits). Some peoplego directly to the farm to buy these biologic products.

You may think...Bolivia? Biological agriculture? Yes, it sounds like a contradiction if you come from Europe or the US. There, biological agriculture is considered as a trendy luxury. But why is it actually trendy? It’s because those products are healthier. They are free of hormones or antibiotics. And recent researches have shown that the trace of antibiotics in food can create a resistance to them. So why shouldn’t Bolivia be able to provide its community with healthier products as well. Especially since it is possible to get biological products at a “normal” price. And those products are of a really high quality! For example, European analyses have appraised the Pairumani milk as excellent .

So... How do they do it?

The 240 Friesian-Holstein cows of the Pairumani model farm receive a luxury treatment. They are fed with naturally treated plants (that means no chemicals, but only thanks to compost fumigations), and receive infusions made out of linseed (for digestion) and camomille (against inflammations), that every Englishman could envy!

They a re not given hormones, but a re stimulated by the presence of a bull in the farm. In case of disease, the cattle are treated naturally thanks to homeopathy treatments only. In the case of very serious disease, will they be given antibiotics, but they are taken out of the production for at least 3 months.

But Paitumani is only a model farm, that is to say that its production is not meant to increase forever so the farm becomes a very lucrative business. As part of the Patiño foundation, it does not have any lucrative aim, but the selling of the products is proof that a project of reachable biologic agriculture is viable. Thus, the model farm organizes visits for scientists in order to explain to them the work of the farm. They have even received visits of scientists from Peru! Another aim of the farm is to share its knowledge with the university in order to leave an academic trace of its work.

Even the government has taken into account this new need for healthier food for the community and is planning to create a law to back up and promote biological agriculture in the country. And actually some results are already there, a production of biological agriculture is going to be tried in the Altiplano. Another goal of the institution is to participate in the national program of the “desayuno escolar” (scholar breakfast), which is a program that distributes free breakfast in the public schools, in order to help fight against malnutrition. The farm’s aim is to provide milk and yoghurt, but it is a long-term project, in so far as it means increasing the volume of the production.

It is a space of fusion between art and sport, as shown by its name: Ar stands for arte and de stands for deporte. We created it in collaboration with gymnasts, because we all needed a place to practice our different activities. We are all very proud of this place, because we built it up almost all by ourselves (we even installed the light and the electricity alone!)...
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