Oct. 23, 2018
By Leonardo Gottems, reporter for AgroPages
Argentine experts say that the country should increase the use of biological inputs in agriculture to contribute to the sustainability of food security and activity, as well as to meet the growing demand in the markets for these types of products. According to Argentinean Atilio Castagnaro from the Northwest Agroindustrial Technology Institute (ITANOA), this is a trend that will be seen in the coming years.
"For 18 years we have taken a step in researching the development of bioproducts, which are used to reduce the synthesis of agrochemicals. We believe that it is possible to generate new biodegradable pesticides that are essential for sustainable economic, environmental and social development," he noted.
According to the president of the Argentine Chamber of Bioinputs (CABIO), Roberto Rapela, speaking at a demonstration during National Bioinputs Day held in Tucumán, Argentina, this is the correct time for researchers and the industry to take advantage of the distribution of biological products. "We are facing a new paradigm that we want to impose. We have the opportunity to distribute these sustainable products," he said.
Tomas Krotsch, an agricultural health expert at the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), highlighted the priority of food security. He noted, "It will depend on good agricultural practices and integrated pest management" and "make complex tools available on a scientific basis that praise the work." "This is a one-way path", he added.
The event was attended by entrepreneurs, academics, researchers and representatives of public bodies who agree on the importance of investing in sustainable agriculture.