Cuba to Discuss Efficient Agricultural Irrigation

riego-agua-agriculturaHavana, Oct 9 – Efficient water use in agricultural irrigation is one of the main issues to be discussed at a scientific meeting scheduled to be held here from October 15 to 17, according to an official source.

Among other issues to be analyzed are the implementation of mechanized techniques that incorporate conservation and renewable energy, and the role of women in food production, the director of the Agricultural Engineering Research Institute (IAGRIC), Pedro D. Sotto, told the press.

Sotto explained that the meeting, held as part of IAGRIC’s third anniversary, will include a review of the results of innovative science and technology in the field of Cuban agriculture.

Participants will also examine food security guarantees, and the introduction of new advances in agricultural production systems, to improve engineering methods used in the sector.

At the opening of the meeting, which will bring together specialists, technicians, and producers, the director of Agricultural Engineering at the Ministry of Agriculture (MINAG), Nicolas Campos, will speak about the current situation and the prospects for that industry in Cuba.

The participation of a representative from the Office of the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), and a group of producers who will present their best practices for this sector is also expected.

Participants have been chosen by the Association of Agricultural and Forestry Technicians, the National Association of Small Farmers, and the Cuban Association of Animal Production.

Created in 2010 through the integration of the Agricultural Mechanization Research Institute (IIMA) and the Irrigation and Drainage Research Institute (IIRD), the IAGRIC has achieved a more efficient use of the two centers’ scientific potential, Sotto said.

Source: Prensa Latina

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