The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Victor Villalobos Arambolla, launched a call to the governments of the United States and Canada to promote scientific exchange in the agriculture and fishing sector, to promote the interest of producers from the three countries, as he participated in the 2021 World Food Prize Ceremony in Des Moines, Iowa.
Arambolla stressed that the adoption of science and technology, according to the reality of each country, will allow to increase agricultural productivity, mitigate climate change, and integrate rural communities into a sustainable value-added chain, particularly small farmers, women, youth and indigenous communities.
The request to US Secretary of Agriculture, Thomas Vilsack, and Canadian Minister of Agriculture and Food, Marie-Claude Bebeau, said the Mexican official said transforming the agricultural diet and tackling climate change required a collective effort.
Similarly, the Minister commented that Mexico, the United States and Canada have made genuine collaborative efforts based on mutual trust and common scientific understanding, an example being the establishment of the North American Agricultural Consulting Network, which is based on exchange. The development of joint research, extension services and technology transfer in the agricultural sector.
In addition, Villalobos said scientific advances should help provide our children with more nutritious food so that the intake of vitamins, proteins and minerals is more efficient, and in the case of adults so that they have a better quality of life.
However, he noted that Mexico is working in a strategic alliance with the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, in a program called “Crops for Mexico”, to increase agricultural production and adopt advanced technologies in the rural areas of the country.
Finally, he reiterated that Mexico has committed itself during the pandemic to ensuring and keeping borders open to agricultural products, both for national markets and for export.