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Bolivia: Collection and processing of açai into certified pulp and powder

General information
Project location: Province Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Asención de Guarayos, Bolivia
Consortium: Pasan-VT Industrial Ltda, Manutata SA
Project Budget: € 1,497,400
External financing: PSI
Project period: From July 2012 to December 2014

Euterpe precatoria

Pasan-VT Industrial Ltda (Pasan-VT) from Brazil is a manufacturing, engineering and service company of industrial vacuum systems. Since 2007 the company has been involved in assignments for the açai processing sector, which is mainly established in the Amazonian lowlands of Brazil.

Pasan-VT is well aware of 1) the demand for açai supply on the world market and 2) the superior nutritious values of the açai specie Euterpe precatoria found in the Bolivian Amazon. The company was looking for the opportunity to become involved in the collection and processing of açai fruit in Bolivia and found its local partner in Manutata SA.

Manutata is located in Riberalta and involved in the wild collection, processing and marketing of brazil nut. The company has access to a forest concession in the department of Santa Cruz with a unique density of Euterpe precatoria.

Jointly the partners will invest in
the establishment of a new company dedicated to the processing, packing, cooled transport and international marketing of frozen pasteurized açai pulp and freeze dried açai powder. Manutata will set up the collection system and supply the Joint Venture with açai fruit.

Concession Don Victor

During the pilot project 1,200 ton açai fruit will be processed in açai pulp and powder, generating 98 direct jobs and more than 142 indirect jobs locally. All staff and harvesters will be intensively trained and offered good working conditions and income. The joint venture will be certified for organic production, FairWild and ISO 22000. If successful, follow-up investments are foreseen to the tune of Euro 1.125 million, doubling the installed production capacity as well as doubling turnover and supply of açai fruits and other inputs. The direct employment will increase to 177 staff and the indirect employment to at least 286 jobs.

During the pilot project 1,200 ton açai fruit will be processed in açai pulp and powder, generating 98 direct jobs and more than 142 indirect jobs locally. All staff and harvesters will be intensively trained and offered good working conditions and income. The joint venture will be certified for organic production, FairWild and ISO 22000. If successful, follow-up investments are foreseen to the tune of Euro 1.125 million, doubling the installed production capacity as well as doubling turnover and supply of açai fruits and other inputs. The direct employment will increase to 177 staff and the indirect employment to at least 286 jobs.

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