INIFAP Presents 2023 Work Plan
Luis Ángel Rodríguez, Head, the National Institute of Forestry, Agricultural and Livestock Research (INIFAP), met with Víctor Villalobos, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to present INIFAP’s agenda for 2023.
Rodríguez pointed out that activities for this year include research, bio-inputs training schemes, soil fertility conservation for corn, wheat and sorghum production systems, as well as citrus buds and coffee bean production. Moreover, several other projects will be carried out, including, innovation, development and technology transfer for sugar cane production and the breeding of 500,000 seedlings and more than 5000t of seeds, which will directly benefit 753 farmers. Likewise, the institute will work on seven varieties of disease-resistant potatoes, the production of 2.5 million seed mini tubers and 165,000 seedlings.
Additionally, Rodríguez highlighted the importance of alternative glyphosate-free weeds control projects such as perennial soy topping, which proved to control between 48 and 100% of weeds and plastic and straw padding, a method that helps save up to 60% in herbicides.
Villalobos stressed that INIFAP's innovations and technology transfers are essential to confronting the impact of climate change, which is getting more severe. “The Mexican countryside faces droughts and high temperatures that have radically changed the outlook for Mexican agriculture,” he said. Furthermore, he stated that SADER is committed to publicize the production of healthy, safe and quality food, through the application of knowledge, scientific research, and tangible results with the participation of public institutions like INIFAP.
During 2022, INIFAP carried out research projects with certified garlic seed, coffee beans, black beans, corn and coffee plants. Furthermore, the institute worked on the second stage of the technical support strategy for the development of agricultural, livestock, aquaculture and fishing to benefit the Yaqui community.
According to Rodríguez, 29,486 producers belonging to the Production for Well-being program benefited from 2,842 classes for corn, beans, rice, wheat, coffee, sugarcane, honey, amaranth, chia and cocoa production.