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MINAG, MES to launch new platform to boost agricultural-food systems

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Havana, Aug 30 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Agriculture (MINAG) and Higher Education (MES) Ministries as well as the FAO Office in Cuba are presently creating a new platform to boost science and innovation in agricultural and food systems, authorities announced on Wednesday.

Such a tool is the outcome of the Integrated System of Knowledge Management for Food Security (SIGC), which encourages applying science, technology and innovation in food production.

The statement revealed that the barnd-new platform is going to provide answers to questions about how to improve soil nutrition and pest control to achieve higher yields in Cuba.

The new website will further unfold which alternatives to use for feeding and genetic improvement of livestock, and which species or varieties of crops could be better adapted to the conditions of each locality.

The Science and Technology Interface Society of the Central University “Marta Abreu” of Las Villas, as part of a cooperation project between MINAG and FAO with financing from the European Union, have designed such computer platform.

It will allow direct communication among producers, companies, science, technology and innovation entities, universities and other actors in the local agricultural and food system in six municipalities in the central region of Cuba.

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