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Colombia: Research Center To Improve Banana Productivity

23.5.2019

The Center for Banana Research, Cenibanano, affiliated to the Association of Banana Growers of Colombia, Augura has begun a process of reengineering with which it seeks to strengthen research and the transfer of knowledge to its members with the aim of improving the productivity of the sector by 20% over a period of 5 years.

This centre provides technical and scientific advice to banana producers on 320 farms in Urabá and 480 producers in Magdalena, to help them to optimize their processes, improve agronomic practices and prevent pests and diseases.

Emerson Aguirre, president (E) of Augura affirms that "the research projects developed by Cenibanano are oriented toward obtaining a cleaner fruit that improves the environmental and economic competitiveness of Colombian bananas in world markets. Currently, Cenibanano provides technical and scientific advice to banana producers in Urabá and Magdalena, offering the producer support through the generation of technologies adapted to local conditions, aimed at reducing costs and increasing competitiveness".

Within the framework of the Augura member’s meeting, held in April 2019, a gradual increase in the budget allocated to Cenibanano was approved ensuring a broad and sufficient action plan that guarantees its strengthening, concentrates on improving its physical structure, invests in technology, the establishment of methodologies for the provision of specialized services as well as the hiring of more professionals for new areas of research for internal strengthening.

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