A training session was carried out thanks to an alliance between INIA Raihuén, the Rural Youth Board, INDAP and the Maule Agriculture Seremi.
"In this pandemic scenario, we set out to put together a training program that would be attractive, so we met with the board of directors of the rural youth table to address the issues that were of interest," said INIA's regional director Raihuén , Rodrigo Avilés referring to the "Training Plan for rural youth in the Maule region", which has just been implemented.
The program, developed together with the agricultural seremi and INDAP, will last for two months and will reach almost 60 producers from different communes in the Maule region, most of them horticulturalists.
In this regard, INIA Raihuén researcher Carmen Gloria Morales, in charge of the plan, indicated that it aims to strengthen the technical knowledge of the attendees, especially in the development of sustainable agriculture and with a strong emphasis on the productive field. "They will be meeting instances through the meet platform where there will not only be an exhibitor who will deal with a particular topic, but they will be participatory instances, where all attendees will be able to exchange their experiences," said the professional.
Morales said that the training sessions will take place every Friday until September 11, a period in which three modules of real interest to young producers will be developed. He explained that in the first module, conservationist production systems will be analyzed, with emphasis on the sustainable production of vegetables, and on the design of modernized irrigation systems for the producers' farms. Module two will cover the technological innovations that can be incorporated into the conservationist production systems of young people, where they will highlight the biological control of pests (without the use of agrochemicals), digital marketing of products and electronic commerce.
The last module will be oriented to the economic evaluation, which will allow each producer to know in time whether the actions they are taking on their farms are profitable or not.
The INIA researcher added that this participatory teaching methodology will be complemented by the delivery of videos and technical sheets, among other learning materials. "At the end of this program, each attendee who has obtained more than 60% of correct answers in the periodic evaluations, will obtain a certificate of approval - highlighted the professional - which is of great interest to the attendees."
The first topics dealt with corresponded to "Sustainable horticultural production in El Maule" and "Design elements of small-scale localized irrigation systems", talks that were given by INIA specialists Sigrid Vargas and Abelardo Villavicencio, respectively.
Authorities highlight initiative
A greeting of "encouragement, hope and confidence in the difficult months of the pandemic" delivered to the young producers, through the Meet platform, the Maule Agriculture seremi Carolina Torres. He indicated that so that the supply does not stop, it is necessary to maintain the marketing channels, for which it is appropriate "that training also be maintained through distance to replace the usual field days, talks and seminars." The regional secretary highlighted that “the themes are very pertinent, such as biointensive production, technified irrigation, biological pest control, digital marketing, electronic commerce and economic valuation. All these issues are very important to improve farms, to make them grow and to be more sustainable ”, he concluded.
Meanwhile, the regional director of INDAP Maule, Óscar Muñoz, expressed the desire that the day be of the greatest use to all young people, while generating the commitment that, when possible, “a program with activities face-to-face, with the benefit generated by the closest contact, which is what we need as human beings ”. The manager congratulated the young people from Maule who asked for the themes and participated in choosing them.
Finally, the Regional Director of INIA Raihuén, Rodrigo Avilés, thanked the table and organization of rural youth who are working at the forward of INDAP for taking the initiative so that this training structure was established, which was consolidated as a "teamwork ”. Likewise, he valued the vision of young people for the awareness of the technological advances that are reaching agriculture and for the desire to grow as producers of sustainable crops.
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