Under the online modality, the meeting of the External Advisory Committee (CAE) of the INIA Carillanca Regional Center was held, made up of relevant actors from the public and private productive sphere, with vast professional and representative experience in the different fields of the agricultural sector. This session was chaired by the Regional Ministerial Secretary for Agriculture, Ricardo Senn, and the Center's Regional Director, Elizabeth Kehr in her capacity as secretary of the CAE.

On the occasion, the Regional Director of INIA Carillanca presented the new structure of INIA and who will be part of its Internal Advisory Committee (CAI). Then he explained the measures adopted to protect the personnel with all the security measures required by the Ministry of Health and also in teleworking mode, due to the COVID 19 pandemic under the MINAGRI premise of "the field does not stop", of way to adjust different actions in this complex scenario. Thus, the meeting allowed us to analyze how the Regional Center will continue to operate during this stage of national emergency. In addition, emphasis was placed on the work carried out in six GORE programs (potatoes, sheep, murtilla, Faja Maisan irrigation, vegetables and EPA technological modules), in addition to the three new programs financed by the GORE in the context of the Araucanía Impulse Plan, aimed at promoting production and innovation, and which are starting this season.

It should be noted that the External Advisory Council constitutes an instance of rapprochement with farmers and the private sector, in addition to providing an external opinion on aspects related to the institute's agricultural research and extension activities. The important thing is that INIA requires to collect concerns through this CAE, strengthening its actions and through its members, raising some requirements where INIA is present as an institution.

For its part, the CAE can contribute significantly to the generation of new ideas and resources to execute projects and programs to improve the competitiveness of regional agriculture. “I am very satisfied with the exchanges of opinions and contributions of the CAE in this meeting, where there were interesting tasks for the next meetings. For now, the issue of connectivity with our farmers and technical advisers with whom we must interact in training programs presents a great challenge that we must address with haste, "said Kehr."

The Seremi of Agriculture congratulated the Council for the good conversation, indicating that "it took note of the concerns raised during the meeting, to collaborate with the objectives of INIA Carillanca," he said.

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The Instituto de Investigaciones Agropecuarias (INIA) is the main institution for agri-food research, development and innovation in Chile. Linked to the Ministry of Agriculture, it has a national presence and a work team of more than 1,000 highly qualified people. It executes an average of 400 projects per year around 5 strategic areas: Climate Change, Sustainability, Food of the Future, Emerging Technologies, and Extension and Capacity Building. These initiatives contribute to the sustainable agri-food development of the country, creating value and proposing innovative solutions to farmers, strategic partners and the population, generating a social profitability that varies between 15% and 25%, for each peso invested in each of their projects.

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