Brazil will form a working group with China to address issues related to science, technology and innovation in the field. The matter was discussed during a meeting of the Sino-Brazilian High Level Cooperation Commission (Cosban).
The Secretary of Innovation, Rural Development and Irrigation of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply, Fernando Camargo, represented Brazil in the sector subcommittee on agriculture during Cosban. According to him, Brazil and China have complementary characteristics, and have much to cooperate.
"This is the fundamental point of Cosban, which is cooperation. Brazil and China are not competitors, they complement each other, "says Camargo. The objective is for the WG to result in agreements with universities and research centers between the two countries.
Another issue addressed at the meeting was the possibility of increasing exports of Brazilian sugar to China. "The Chinese are reluctant about Brazilian sugar telling us that there are traces of transgenics in sugar, derived from transgenic sugarcane. But this has also been much discussed, we have shown by scientific studies that sugar is something else. Genetically modified sugarcane leaves no trace in sugar, "the secretary explained.
Vice President Hamilton Mourão also attended Cosban when he met with Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan in Beijing.
Secretary Fernando Camargo also met with directors of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to address new innovation and technology projects in the field.
"Brazil has internet gaps in the field. We all know that when we go 30, 40 kilometers out of town, our cell phone no longer picks up, it already has a 3G, 4G blackout. then you can imagine how difficult it is for the farmer to use state-of-the-art technology in the field if he does not have connectivity. "
In May, Minister Tereza Cristina met with the vice president of JICA, when she presented data on agricultural production and areas with potential for foreign investment.
Posted by: Marina Carvejani