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Agriculture Minister Jose Abelardo Mai touring research facilities in Mexico leading up to signing of technical cooperation agreement

Posted: Thursday, October 21, 2021. 10:27 am CST.

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Agriculture Minister Jose Abelardo Mai is touring research facilities in Yucatan, Mexico, on Thursday and Friday, October 21-22, 2021.

On Wednesday, Minister Mai traveled to Mérida along with a delegation from the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise (MAFSE) to visit research facilities and sign a technical cooperation agreement with the Mexican Institute of Forest, Agriculture, and Cattle Research – Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Forestales, Agrícolas, y Pecuarias (INIFAP).

Today Thursday, Minister Mai is visiting the facilities of the Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán – Scientific Investigation Center of Yucatan (CICY) in Mérida, Yucatán, including the Yucatan Scientific Technological Park (Parque Científico Tecnológico de Yucatán), the production Unit known as ‘la Biofábrica’ and the Seeds Producing Unit.

He is attending a presentation on CICY’s Research Units and another on the experience in the development of the agri-food sector with special emphasis on coconuts, agave, and coffee.

Today Minister Mai and the MAFSE delegation also have a meeting on soy production and a visit to biotech firm VBS Biotec.

On Friday, Minister Mai and the MAFSE delegation will visit soy, soursop, pitahaya (dragon fruit), and coconut plantations, and INIFAP’s Mocochá Experimental Field.

On Friday evening, Minister Mai should sign a technical cooperation agreement between INIFAP and the Central Farm Research, Development, and Innovation Department.

MAFSE’s delegation returns to Belize on Saturday.


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