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Government Creates the First Center of Technological Studies For Agriculture

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According to the Ministry of Agriculture, the goal is for the poles to contribute to companies achieving better results for the sector

The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply will create the first technological pole of agricultural innovation in Londrina, Parana. The study center will be the first of a set of 12 that will be spread throughout the country, in partnership with the Ministry of Education (MEC) and the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovations, and Communications (MCTIC).

According to the agency, the goal is for the poles to contribute to improving the technological innovation environment, creating more conditions for companies, startups, and universities to interact and provide faster and more accurate results for agriculture and livestock.

The Director of Map Innovation, Luís Claudio Franca, said that the technological pole symbolizes the commitment of the Ministry of Agriculture to make Brazil a major exporter of innovation and technology in the agricultural sector. According to the director, Brazil has state-of-the-art technologies in the field, but it still does not export this expertise to other countries.

The idea is to identify in several local states with a technological vocation and proximity to university institutions to implant the other poles of agricultural innovation of the Map. The poles will attract university students to work with new technologies for rural production.

In a trip to Londrina last Monday, the 8th, Minister Tereza Cristina announced that the city, which has more than 1,200 small and medium-sized technology companies, was also chosen to hold a big “hackathon”, which are events which bring together programmers, designers and other professionals involved in software development in November, in order to find new technological solutions for Brazilian agribusiness.

In this case, for the first time, the National Meteorological Institute (INMET) will open its databases so that participants can create specific solutions to the challenges that will be launched. The first hackathons, therefore, will focus on climate change information.

“Londrina was the city chosen to make a big hackathon in the second half, and then we will use the existing technology pole to implement several new technologies in Paraná. It is the first state that the ministry will support and do the experiment, “said Tereza Cristina. The minister thanked MP Luisa Canziani (PTB-PR) for having made a parliamentary amendment that will allocate resources from the federal budget to technological innovation.

Luis Claudio Franca explained that agribusiness chains have problems that can be solved by agritechs, as they are called startups aimed at modern agricultural technologies. The idea is to make dozens of technological events in various regions of the country, in the coming months, to put all the intelligence of these innovations in the service of the Brazilian agricultural sector.