Spain : Carlos Cabanas advocates the efficient use of the genetic resources of cereals to improve their productivity

March 27 - 2018

Mar 24, 2018 (Euclid Infotech Ltd via COMTEX) --

The Secretary General of Agriculture and Food, Carlos Cabanas, today inaugurated the day "Innovation in cereal", organized by ANOVE, GESLIVE, ASAJA, UPA and Cooperatives Agroalimentarias in the headquarters of the Ministry, a day that has also had the contributions of representatives of COPA-COGEGA, the Wheat Initiative and the British Society of Plant Breeders. In his speech, Cabanas has highlighted the need to advance in the field of genomics, genetics and agronomy to improve the value and safety of our cereals. He has also pointed out that the efficient use of the genetic resources of cereals is the main objective to improve their productivity.

For this, the general secretary understands that it is necessary to promote innovation in the field of molecular genetics, as well as to accelerate the placing on the market of the novelties that research places in the hands of farmers. In this context, Cabanas has highlighted the Framework Collaboration Agreement for the Reemployment of Grains for sowing, signed by GESLIVE, ASAJA, UPA and Cooperativas Agro-Alimentarias, supported by the Ministry, which combines the protection of the industrial property right of breeders of seeds and the freedom of the farmer to choose the type of seed in his farm.

Among other issues, this agreement promotes innovation and research by including a co-managed Local Research Fund, which funds varietal improvement programs, based on parameters such as the specificity of Spanish agriculture and the foreseeable effects of climate change.


On the other hand, Cabanas has stressed that Spain is doing a remarkable work of innovation in cereal. In this field, there are currently 5 supra-autonomous groups, within the framework of the National Rural Development Program, which work on innovation lines in cereals, in fields related to variable dose fertilization, sustainable management of extensive systems, production in ecology, the use of drones and remote sensing, and the quantification of CO 2 uptake in soil and plant material.

At the same time, there are 6 operational groups at regional level, dedicated to innovation in cereal, in Aragon, Catalonia, Extremadura and La Rioja.

Finally, Cabanas has encouraged Spanish cereal farmers, breeders and operators to adhere to the collaboration agreement for the re-use of grain for sowing, for its benefits in providing greater yield to the cereals sector, improving seed quality, increase the use of certified seed and enhance research.

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