Apr. 23, 2019
Agriculture is undergoing a major shift, in the use of more environmentally friendly products, which means researchers, entrepreneurs and government officials are concerned about generating knowledge, products and regulations to meet the new challenges. With this in mind, ALAR - Latin American Rhizobiology Association - held the 29th RELAR during the first week of April in the city of Puerto Varas, Chile, organized by the University of La Frontera.
During the meeting, which brought together specialists in Biological Fixation of Nitrogen (FBN) from various Latin American countries, with the presence of experts from Spain, Italy and other countries, FBN's advances in Chile and in the world were discussed.
The ANPII (National Association of Inoculum Producers and Importers), in addition to actively participating in the meetings, reviewed the country's vision during two lectures: The Use of Inoculum in Brazil, delivered by José Roberto Pereira de Castro, president of the association, and the Cooperative Research Among Competitive Companies: a new form of development, presented by consultant Solon Cordeiro de Araujo, who discussed the work developed by the associated companies, who are at the forefront of FBN in Brazil, being a reference for several countries in the world.
Lectures identify FBN growth
According to the ANPII president, the two presentations aroused interest among the participants, with a large number of questions being asked about the growth of inoculant use in Brazil. In his presentation, the president of the ANPII, José Roberto Pereira de Castro, pointed out that within the country, of the 34 million hectares cultivated, 82% make use of inoculants. He also reinforced the importance of co-inoculation in the growing of soybean and beans. "In the 2017/2018 harvest, the Association recorded a 32% increase in doses of Azospirillum sold for co-inoculation, compared to the previous crop 2016/2017."
Solon Cordeiro de Araujo said in his presentation that the companies associated with ANPII, in partnership with the Federal University of Paraná, are developing a new inoculant using three strains of Azospirillum brasiliense. "We seek to bring more technology and excellence to the agricultural market in the country. We join forces with all our associates and we are currently starting the first industrial feasibility tests," he added.