Dr Yelitza Colmenarez and José Gómez represented the Plantwise programme in a field day organized by the Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária (EMBRAPA: Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation). EMBRAPA is an affiliated institution to the Ministry of Agriculture, devoted to the advancement of Brazilian agriculture through technology. The event was hosted by EMBRAPA’s agro-silviculture unit in Sinop, Mato Grosso on Friday April 15 and had the participation of approximately 650 people.
Plantwise Brazil was invited to participate in the “6º Dia de Campo sobre Sistemas Integrados de Produção Agropecuária”. Dr Colmenarez, the Plantwise Regional Coordinator for the Americas, presented the Plantwise programme, plant clinics function and the Knowledge Bank to an audience composed of farmers, university students, faculty members and representatives of agriculture businesses. The field day was arranged in four main modules covering topics on: 1) silviculture; 2) new forage options; 3) advancements on spraying systems; and, 4) banana cropping systems and black sigatoka control. Additionally to the Plantwise presentation, other presentations given were: the agronomic considerations for biomass-sorghum; the agronomic aspects and cultivars of cowpeas (feijao-caupi, Vigna unguiculata); and, low carbon emission technologies for rural sustainability.
EMBRAPA is the National Responsible Organization for the Plantwise programme in Brazil, and have opened 6 pilot plant clinics since 2014 working together with key institutions like the EMPAER, the University of Mato Grosso, Sinop and Sorriso Municipalities. For more information on EMBRAPA and Plantwise, visit: https://www.embrapa.br/en/busca-de-noticias/-/noticia/1921273/projeto-plantwise-capacita-primeiros-clinicos-de-plantas-em-mato-grosso.