The textile industry, subjected throughout the planet to the relentless competition of Asia, is betting in Peru for the coveted wool of its Andean alpacas, whose flourishing sustainable production generates employment and added value, said Gestión.
“At the Pacomarca farm, a few kilometers from the town of Llalli, near Lake Titicaca in the Puno region, hundreds of alpacas leave the corral to graze on the sunny meadow”, the aforementioned media wrote.
These animals are one of the few that can survive at high altitudes, such as 4,000 meters above sea level. According to biologist Alan Cruz, head of the Pacomarca farm, they not only can survive in this environment but also provide profitability to their producers.
Alpacas have a thinner fiber, which translates into a higher price for wool, which now competes against the quoted cashmere garments from India and mohair from South Africa in luxury stores around the world.
“Alpaca wool, an animal domesticated 6,000 years ago by the ancient inhabitants of the Andes, is pushing Peru’s thriving textile industry $1,400 US million dollars in exports in 2018), especially in Arequipa”, Gestión said.
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