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Ecuador receives training and equipment to work in sustainable livestock farming
- The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock and the Ministry of Environment, Water and Ecological Transition, through PROAmazon with the help of CATIE and UNDP Ecuador, strengthen the capacities of the technicians of the "El Rosario" Plant Breeding Center.
November 22, 2021. As part of the agreement between CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) and PROAmazonia for the "Implementation of the Training and Technical Assistance Program for sustainable livestock production in the provinces that make up the Amazon Special Territorial District (CTEA, its Spanish acronym)", the official delivery of ultrasound scanners to the Mobile Veterinary Units of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of Ecuador (MAG, its Spanish acronym) took place and their technical delegates were trained in the use of the equipment.
The event was attended by Jimmy Jumbo, Undersecretary of Livestock Production of MAG; Fabián Moncayo, Director of Climate Change Mitigation - MAATE; Karina Amaluisa, delegate of PROAmazonía and Michelle Rodríguez, CATIE liaison in Ecuador.
The participants agreed on the importance of assuming commitments to support, work and unity in coordination with the country's priority national and political agendas, in order to contribute to the reduction of deforestation and the sustainable and integrated management of natural resources. The latter, as a priority work to reduce poverty and move towards sustainable human development according to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
"We are aware that we have to work together, that we have to work hard together and that we have to deliver results," stressed MAG's Jimmy Jumbo.
Michelle Rodríguez also highlighted the importance of cooperation between institutions and informed about the training program developed through the Field Schools Methodology (ECA) which, so far, has worked with approximately 1,800 livestock producers out of a total of 3,500.
Also, as part of the commitments between CATIE and the National Government through PROAmazonia, on November 11 and 12, intensive training sessions were held for the technical staff of the National Genetics Center "El Rosario" (CNGER), where bovine reproductive biotechnology processes are carried out, such as the processing of semen and embryos for government programs in genetic improvement.
The program was specifically directed to the bovine semen processing area to address the control of semen extraction, processing and freezing, whose main objective was to provide an integral developmental knowledge of the bull's physical reproductive capabilities, as well as biotechnological protocols to maximize the center's efficiency, effectiveness and efficiency.
The training workshops were conducted by Cid Calle Crespo, a technician specializing in bovine reproduction, together with the CATIE technical team in Ecuador, made up of Santiago Garzón and Michelle Rodríguez.
"The course was a complete success, developed in a theoretical-practical way, 100% face-to-face, hosting 25 professionals of the area at national level from the provinces of Ecuador with livestock representativeness. The course was also attended by the internal staff of specialists in charge of the CNGR", concluded Rodriguez.
PROAmazonia is implemented by MAATE and the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG), with support from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and financing from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF).
Santiago Garzón Proaño
ECA Coordinator, Ecuador
Dannia Gamboa Solís
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