By  on April 25, 2019

“Comprehensive sustainability” is difficult for many to define and to achieve, but not for Pacomarca, a sustainable alpaca network based in Puno, Peru. As a self-described “experimental station” for scientific research that focuses on the genetic improvement of alpaca fibers, the firm also works with local communities in the Peruvian Andes to supply high-quality genetic material to landholders. Pacomarca produces a limited quantity of fiber every year that is 100 percent traceable and wholly unique, due to the bespoke work completed in its lab. The firm works with brands and organizations such as Kuna, Andean, Incalpaca and Inca Tops, among many others.

Pacomarca organizes its data through its proprietary software called “PacoPro,” which aids in the management and administration of data generated at its alpaca farm. Alan Cruz, manager of the Experimental Station of Genetic Improvement in Alpacas at Pacomarca, told WWD that “PacoPro is not only a data management tool, but rather the very heart of our genetic program, where it currently stores more than 8 million pieces of data, making it the most powerful database of alpacas worldwide. It not only serves for fiber breeding programs in Pacomarca, but also interacts with all types of programs, including genomic programs worldwide, which will contribute to the development of the entire alpaca productive chain.”

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