The Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Daniel Filmus, arrived yesterday noon in the Tucumán region to participate in the signing of a tripartite agreement on scientific and educational cooperation for food development, which will provide technology to improve the nutrition of girls and women. Boys attending local kitchens. The Minister was accompanied by the President of the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET), Anna Franchi, and both authorities were greeted by the Governor of Tucumán, Osvaldo Galdo.
The seat of the regional government was chosen to sign the agreement. Through it, the governorate and the ministries of science and education committed themselves to formulating procedures to develop research and extension programs that contribute to improving nutritional values and the costs of food distributed in the school cafeterias Tucumán. This will be achieved by incorporating ingredients with high nutritional value obtained from local agricultural products, which constitute a scientific, technological and social contribution to Argentina’s plan to fight hunger.
On this occasion, Minister Daniel Filmus stated: “For us it is necessary to understand the contribution of science and technology. The model of every country does not need science and technology, which is why investment decreased from 0.37% of GDP to 0.22% in 2015-2019. The A country that buys everything does not have to invest in science and technology.” “We need science and technology but it’s also federal, because every province and every region has special needs,” he added. He also stressed that “Argentina was one of the few countries in the world that has developed vaccines, masks and kits, and this is the role of science and technology, it can not only satisfy the researcher’s curiosity, but also be oriented to the needs of our people.” Finally, he emphasized: “We have two years to federalize and support science and technology, and the ability to reach the more than 300,000 children in Tucumán who go to school is an example of what we will do in the past years to come.”
Governor Galdo emphasized: “This agreement is about the children of Tucumán and education, which is the great challenge we face after this pandemic: that children not only go back to school, but that they can learn, and that is why it is essential that they have a good diet and good nutrition, and aim This agreement between the Ministries of Education, Science and Technology and the government to improve nutrition for children who are in a different situation at the school level. On the other hand, President Tucumán thanked the national government “for the federation” and added that “Tucuman lost a lot of time with previous efforts and today we can prove with facts Concrete that this administration is looking inward, it is looking at me in the North and in our province.”
On her part, Anna Franchi emphasized: “This project, which is framed in” Science and Technology Against Hunger “seeks to contribute to improving the nutrition of children during their early development. And in Tucumán they have the tradition of yogurito, administered to children of school age, which is very important. Researchers are present Here to improve people’s quality of life.” She added, “I feel very proud that scientists from all over the country are working with the provinces because we have a virtuous union that allows different actors to come together to get this kind of product. We talk about investing in science and technology, and that investment shows up with projects that get to end products like yogurt.” And in the case of a pandemic, masks, tests, and many more, and hopefully, vaccines soon.
Similarly, at a ceremony at the Center for Innovation and Information for Educational, Productive and Technological Development (CIIDEPT), Ana Franchi and the Head of the Ministry of Education of Tucumán, Juan Pablo Lichtmager, signed a loan through which the Ministry will transfer to CONICET equipment for the flour production plant. It consists of a “BRONTO E-250-S” extruder with a plate and a 50 HP motor; and the “GX-130 four-stage press with a 25 hp engine, the purpose of which is the production and preparation of foods with high nutritional value in the framework of the project” integrating and demonstrating the capabilities of the Scientific and Technological Center (CCT) CONICET NOA Sur to contribute in food emergencies.
The Head of Science and the President of CONICET also participated in a working table with the Executive Units of the Council.
Tucumán’s deputy governor, Sergio Mancilla; Federal Under Secretary of Science, Technology and Innovation in the Ministry of Science, Elisa Colombo; Regional Public Health Minister Luis Medina Ruiz; Vice President of the Tucumán Legislature, Regino Amado; Aguilares Mayor, Elia Fernandez; Under Secretary of State for Innovation and Technological Development of the Province of Tucumán (Cydetec), Roberto Tagashira; Under-Secretary-General for the Interior, Pedro Sandelli; And the president of Conicet NOA Sur, Atilio Castagnaro, among others.