Cuba, Feb 23rd – Cuba’s advances in the use of biotechnology for agricultural development, with results superior to many countries in the world, were highlighted during the second day of the first BioProcess Congress, which takes place in this city.
Prem Warrior, chief operating officer at Valagro, a leading company in the production and marketing of biostimulants and nutritional specialties, based in Italy and with a network of subsidiaries in several countries around the world, said he was very impressed and added that the challenges are increasing of productivity, reduction of expenses in the production of foods and the practice of a healthy diet.
In his lecture, he said that based on decades of experience, biotechnology has contributed to raising the quality of crops, soils and yields, and in that sense emphasized the use of inoculants, biopesticides and biostimulants.
This is necessary because, according to him, about 25 or 30 per cent of the world’s plantations are lost for various reasons, including the possibilities of commercialization, the socio-economic order of nations and, to a large extent, biotic and abiotic factors, including pests, diseases, intense drought and other issues related to climate change.
The rapid growth of the world population requires solutions to food insecurity on the planet, marked by a lack of seeds, inputs, irrigation systems and tools to facilitate harvesting, which is compounded by the poor distribution of these foods.
He pointed out that biotechnology can respond to this phenomenon, but we must encourage the love for the land, because it is not a very attractive job.
Given the obvious concern about how expensive these products are, he suggested that technology transfer would be a solution, as a global crisis due to lack of food can be avoided by sharing information and knowledge.
The conferences and symposiums of the 2017 BioProcess Congress will continue today, bringing together scientists and researchers from the United States, France, Germany, Iran, Argentina and Brazil.(Granma)