ARGENTINA: The Newsan Group plans to develop a large-scale project to process organic waste generated by the fishing sector in the province of Chubut, whose amount is estimated at 50,000 tonnes per year.
The initiative was transferred to the Minister of Environment and Control of Sustainable Development, Ignacio Agulleiro, in a meeting with representatives of the company, reported El Patagónico.
The Newsan Group is integrated by four companies (Newsan SA, Noblex Argentina SA, Electronic System SA and Pilisar SA), and develops its activities in the country through five business units, among which is Newsan Food that works in a project for the processing of waste from the fishing sector.
After the meeting, Minister Agulleiro acknowledged that "the fishing industry has developed a lot", and this entails the generation of an increasing amount of waste. "What used to be a minor problem, which was where to dispose this waste, today represents a big problem that affects us all," he said.
Regarding the initiative, he explained that "initially pilot experiments were being carried out at the experimental level, developing various technologies and the Newsan Group intends to give it productive scaling, taking advantage of the 50,000 tonnes of shrimp residues that are generated in the province of Chubut."
The directors of the Newsan Group said at the meeting that "the fishing industry is today the main export business of the firm," and that they believe in a sustainable business model that not only aims at economic growth but also at reducing the environmental impact of the productive activity.
Since 2014, this group has become one of the main fish exporters in the country and supplies more than 65 countries around the world.
The minister was very satisfied with the meeting´s results "because Newsan is a very large economic group, with enough financial backing to develop something very serious in obtaining chitin and chitosan, two very valuable products that aroused the interest of researchers from the properties that are extracted from shrimp waste ".
"The proposal for its use would make a high-value product with a lot of occupation, intensive labor and with the possibility of just giving a final disposal of something that is a problem," said Agulleiro.