Dutch delegation visits Brazilian facilities to learn about agricultural technologies

published: Sep 11, 2018 11:48 AM, last modified: Sep 11, 2018 11:48 AM
Dutch representatives will visit Embrapa research centres in São Carlos (SP)

The Netherlands, one of the top importers of Brazilian soybeans, sent representatives from its local consulate this week to get to know two units of the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) located in São Carlos (SP). During the visits, the delegation will be presented to innovative solutions developed by Brazilian institutions in the field of agricultural technology, such as the mobile agricultural robot used to collect data on soils and plants and assist on livestock breeding activities.

Consul Petra Smits and attaché Ernst-Jan Bakker, both from the Innovation, Technology and Science department of the Consulate-General of the Netherlands in São Paulo, are visiting Embrapa's Southeast Livestock unit on Monday (10) to take an in-depth look at the research carried out by Embrapa units working in the areas of connectivity, precision automation and livestock technologies. Presentations will also be made on the Crop-Livestock-Forestry Integration system (ILPF in the Portuguese acronym) and on the application of the Reproduction Wheel, used to assist dairy farmers.

On Tuesday (11), the Dutch delegation will visit Embrapa Instrumentation (a dedicated unit), where they will tour the National Reference Laboratory in Precision Agriculture (Lanapre). Afterwards, the European representatives will discuss the possibility of a joint cooperation agenda between the Netherlands and Brazil.

In addition to the representatives of the consulate, the visits will also be attended by an advisor to the Department of Agriculture of the Embassy of the Netherlands, representatives from the Brazilian Ministries of Agriculture, Livestock & Food Supply (MAPA) and Science, Technology, Innovations and Communications (MCTIC) and Brazilian researchers.