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INIA Tacuarembó

Introduction


In 1972 the Estación Experimental del Norte was established as part of the Centro de Investigaciones Agrícolas "Alberto Boerger" (CIAAB), together with its other Experiment Stations : La Estanzuela (now INIA-La Estanzuela), Litoral Norte (now INIA-Salto Grande), Las Brujas (now INIA-Las Brujas) and Estación Experimental del Este (now INIA-Treinta y Tres).

Challenges
 
- Reinforcement of the settling of public or private institutions within INIA Tacuarembó’s bounds, within the framework of the Interinstitutional Campus of Learning, Research and Innovation, as a way of  dealing with the future on a basis of institutional innovation.
 
- Promotion of science, technology, innovation and sustainable ways of production that will benefit future generations is a responsibility that INIA people assume daily as a Uruguayan institution of public interest.
 
- INIA Tacuarembó looks for technological solutions for the agricultural, forestry and livestock sector, in joint collaboration with institutions and actors that contribute, at a national level, to a more sustainable, just and fair development of the people and the sector.

Main technological alternatives
 
- Animal production for wool, cattle and sheep meat in extensive and semi-extensive production systems.
 - Quality and added value along the whole chain of production of cattle and sheep meat as well as fine and ultrafine wool.
 - Animal production integrated with agriculture and forestry.
 - Agronomical management and conservation of improved and adapted forage varieties.
 - Sustainable production of grasslands and genetic improvement of pastures for extensive and semi- extensive production systems.
 - Vegetable crops varieties of vegetable crops of garlic, potato, sweet potato, onion, peanuts and beans.
 - Forestry production focus in genetic improvement of Pines and Eucalyptus, forestry management, pests and diseases, and diversification of forestry species based on exotic and native plants.
 - Genetic improvement and agronomic management of rice production also integrated in rotational rice - pastures production systems.
 
- INIA Tacuarembó has developed Regional projects on Agroforestry, family farming production systems and an animal diseases database for extensive production systems of the Northern Region, in order to satisfy the needs, demands and challenges of the región.

Objectives
 
- Sustainable improvement in the competitiveness of agroindustrial chains through an increase of productivity, efficiency and value added to products and processes through sustainable productions systems, related to agricultural, forestry and cattle breeding.
 - Higher quality standards in the processes and products from each chain value.
 - Setting strategies for a sustainable way of reappraising the environment and natural resources, including prevention and mitigation to climate change.
 - Technological solutions related to regional problems, such as studies on sylvopastoral systems, rotational agricultural systems associated with pasture production, cattle breeding improvement, production of ultrafine wools and the developing of cattle biotypes for better performance.
 - Indentifying obstacles which hinder technological adoption and the increase of productivity.
 - Developing intervention and integration modalities through institutional innovation and scientific and technological mechanisms directed at Society as a whole, as well as continuing with the implementation of an Interinstitutional Campus of Learning, Research and Innovation with ministerial and educational organizations located at INIA Tacuarembó land.

Coordination with regional actors
  
 INIA Tacuarembó assesses regional needs, evaluates technological projects and provides opportunities for dialogue among producers, technicians, scholars and teachers, public and private institutions through field days, technical meetings, seminars, congress and workshops; as well as participating in the Agricultural and Livestock Development Department Councils and the creation interinstitutional working agreements.
 
Regional Advisory Council and the Working Groups were created as part of INIA’s own mechanisms to support the needs and demands and exchanges with the productive sector.
 
Strengthening the links with technology transfer and educational institutions, farmers associations, cultural institutions as well as representatives of the media, has become a task that is vital for bringing INIA’s technical products and proposals to society.

Contact:
 
INIA Tacuarembó
Ruta 5 Km. 386 - Tacuarembó

Phone.: 598 4632 2407
Fax: 598 4632 3969

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