During the annual meeting organized by the GTT Foundation, and which this year was called "Challenges of Climate Change for Agriculture", issues such as sustainability, the challenges of climate change and the use of water, among others, were addressed by prominent panelists National and international.

Valdivia, July 2019.- Climate change and its implications for the forestry sector was one of the main topics addressed at the Annual Meeting of Technology Transfer Groups (GTT), an appointment organized by the GTT Foundation, and which this year will be called "Challenges of Climate Change for Agriculture", where issues such as sustainability, the challenges of climate change and the use of water, among others, were addressed by prominent national and international panelists.

The meeting was attended by Marta Alfaro, INIA's National Deputy Director of R&D, who during her presentation raised aspects related to the emission of Greenhouse Gases (GHG) that are generated in the agricultural sector, what are the existing options To mitigate them, what opportunities and challenges do we have to ensure that our agriculture and livestock adapt to the new climatic scenarios that the country will face in the coming years, and what are the implications and opportunities that this situation has for the development of new areas in areas where to date they did not exist. “A clear example of this is the installation or arrival of fruit growing in the southern part of the country and the production of wine that exists today, for example, in the Aysén region, in the area near Lake General Carrera. Climate Change also offers many opportunities for Chile's agricultural sector, and we must take advantage of it ”, explained the INIA authority.

During the day, the benefits that exist for agriculture were also addressed when measures that generate adaptation and that have an impact on mitigation are implemented, since these are elements that must be considered when making decisions at the farm level. In the same way, the contribution that the forestry sector makes to GHG emissions was highlighted, since in our country, from the Biobío region to the south, said sector is the main alternative for capturing GHG at the national level.

Minister of Agriculture Antonio Walker.

The meeting was also attended by the Minister of Agriculture, Antonio Walker, who valued that Technology Transfer Groups are “one of the simplest and most effective forms of association that exist. The Ministry of Agriculture has associativity as its main axis and we are creating more instruments to increase these and other associative groups, which have been so important for the development of the sector and which will surely be even more in the future ”.

It should be noted that the Agriculture portfolio tripled the budget for the GTTs this 2019, reaching $440 million. “We are proud of the significant increase in demand for group formation that we have had in all regions of the country. We hope this year to have more than 100 groups operating and by 2020 we want to continue increasing the budget to continue strengthening one of the most important axes of this Ministry, Associativity, and thus more farmers will benefit thanks to this associative instrument ", stated Minister Walker.

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