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Congress Members Discuss Agricultural Extension Strategies

By Eliza Galeana | Fri, 09/09/2022 - 17:30

On Sept. 7, 2022, PRI Deputy and the President of the Committee of Rural Development, Conservation, Agriculture and Food Self-sufficiency of the Chamber of Deputies María de Jesús Aguirre inaugurated the seminar "Small-scale Agricultural Producers and Strategies for Extension, Training and Technical Assistance - Lessons learned.”

“Agricultural workers need to have the support of technicians so that they are continuously trained to put their projects into operation,” said Aguirre. She also pointed out that training and counseling enable workers to increase Mexico’s food supply, reducing its costs and protecting natural resources in the process. For farm workers, higher yields and better incomes are the main benefits of this so-called extension.

Aguirre explained that extension involves transferring and spreading technological innovations to farmers. PRI Deputy María del Refugio Camarena, President of the Livestock Commission of the Chamber of Deputies, explained that extension is a key source of knowledge in the rural sector. Therefore, it is essential to support and correctly direct this process.

Pedro Cadena, Researcher, the National Institute of Forestry, Agricultural and Livestock (INIFAP), said that the budget for extension must be exercised according to the agricultural production cycle and boost the development of multidisciplinary teams rooted in communities. Víctor Hugo Chagra, Assistant Minister, the Ministry of Agricultural, Rural and Fishery Development (SEDARPA) of Veracruz, said that extension should be established as a constitutional right for small producers. Furthermore, school quotas should be reactivated to preserve regional values and traditions.

Juan Antonio Villanueva, Director, the College of Postgraduates, stressed that Mexico lacks professional, effective, permanent, tried and tested agricultural extension services. Therefore, linking education with agricultural research is necessary.

Ubaldo López, Director of the Food and Logistics Area, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER), said that the López Obrador administration seeks to support small and medium-sized producers that own between 5 and 20ha via an agroecological transition strategy.

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Eliza Galeana Eliza Galeana Junior Journalist & Industry Analyst