From Monday, August 24 and for eight weeks, every Monday INIA Quilamapu researchers will present, in detail, the updated conformation of each item that makes up the agricultural sector of Ñuble, a region that is just getting ready to celebrate its second anniversary.
With only two years of life, the Ñuble region has an irrefutable agricultural component. Its fields and agricultural production are part of Chile's granary, with strengths in traditional crops such as wheat, rice and vineyards, but also with the presence of new and attractive crops, a product of growth and climate change.
Until now, the figures surrounding agricultural activity are not entirely clear, since for more than 4 decades, they were linked to the Biobío Region. As a way to contribute to having updated figures that account for the reality of the most relevant items in the regional agricultural sector, INIA Quilamapu researchers gave life to the Book "Agriculture of the New Region of Ñuble: a sectoral characterization", a publication of 378 pages and 13 chapters that is presented as a true x-ray of this important development sector.
The book launched last June contains relevant information that INIA researchers will present in a cycle of eight free virtual talks, open to the entire regional community.
The first one called "Economic, Agricultural and Soil Background" is scheduled for next Monday, August 24, at 09:30 hours, and will have as speakers the researchers Jorge González and Juan Hirzel who will refer to the "Background general, economic and agricultural activities of the new Ñuble Region ”and to the“ Soils of the Ñuble Region ”, respectively.
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Regarding this cycle of talks, the Regional Director of INIA Quilamapu, Rodrigo Avilés, who will be the moderator of the first day, indicated that “Ñuble agriculture is quite diverse and covers different specific areas, but with very good conditions for its development product of soil, climate and water conditions. Each of these aspects will be the ones that will give life to the seminar that we will deliver to the inhabitants of the region for eight consecutive weeks ”.
The manager added that "it will be the researchers themselves who will deliver the experiences they have and the details of each agricultural item in the region, which will be presented from the current situation and projection into the future." Avilés also stated that “the book that gives life to this series of talks is a relevant input for the decisions that will be made in the roadmap of the regional development strategy. The information contained in the Book is very relevant to plan each one of the sectors, subsectors and items in particular ”.
Meanwhile, researcher Jorge González, general editor of the book, indicated that the purpose of the book was to generate its own information and collect scattered data on regional agriculture, to "give it integrity, potential and projection." He added that "the Ñuble region, seen as a new undertaking on a regional scale, is a region that lacked consolidated and specific information, since it always had information attached to what was the Biobío region."
González, who is an agrarian economist at INIA, stressed that the publication was focused on "providing information that serves to make decisions about what is to come for the new region." He also argued that it addresses most of the important agro-economic sectors or subsectors, from a perspective of the current and statistical situation, with a space for analysis and also with guidance on how the future could be presented for each of the subsectors.
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