A new model of public-private partnership about the possibility of releasing new rice varieties of FLAR origin in Ecuador, through the signing of an agreement between FLAR, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), the National Institute of Investigaciones Agropecuarias (INIAP) and the Agripac SA corporate group.

Through this agreement, called “Evaluation of Nurseries of FLAR (VIOFLAR) for the Selection of Rice Varieties in Ecuador”, Agripac S.A. You will have access to the VIOFLAR between 1999 and 2009, made up of 750 lines, which will be delivered according to the stipulated plan, and will allow you to expand the offer of rice varieties in Ecuador.

Byron Flores, Vice Minister of Agricultural Productive Development, participated in the firm, which was held on July 9, 2019, at the INIAP offices in Guayaquil, Ecuador; Isabel Murillo, Assistant Director General of INIAP; Gustavo Wray, General Manager of Agripac and Eduardo Graterol, Executive Director of FLAR.

Sum of alliances

In Ecuador, the genetic improvement of rice has been mainly in the hands of INIAP, who has released more than 15 varieties throughout its 60 years of existence, three of them of FLAR origin.

The representation of Ecuador before the FLAR materialized in 2005, through the company PRONACA. In 2006, after obtaining the first promising lines with outstanding characteristics in performance, bearing, disease resistance, among other characteristics, PRONACA signed an agreement with the Ministry of Livestock Agriculture and INIAP. This alliance allowed joint evaluation of VIOFLAR materials and, later, in 2008, it would conclude with the transfer of PRONACA to INIAP of its affiliation with FLAR.

Just four years after introducing the first nurseries, PRONACA obtained the rice variety SENACA FL 09 (2009); It was followed by the release of the varieties SENACA FL 11 (2011) and SENACA FL 12 (2012). In 2012 INIAP launched the first variety of FLAR origin, INIAP FL 01; INIAP FL Cristalino and INIAP FL Arenillas varieties would arrive in 2016 and 2017, respectively.

Experimental results of a recent study conducted by FLAR, indicates that VIOFLARs have accumulated genetic gains and maintained stable desired characteristics, so those between 1999 and 2009 have useful variability to select rice varieties that meet current market needs.

Conquering new markets, one grain at a time

The FLAR-CIAT-INIAP-AGRIPAC alliance will not only make it possible to expand the range of FLAR rice varieties available to Ecuadorian rice farmers, but also to mark a benchmark of associativity through which non-member organizations of FLAR can Access through the FLAR member of the country to VIOFLARs of more than 10 years.

“From day one, the Minister of Agriculture Xavier Lazo put on the table the need for the farmer to access the most possible technology in the most direct, easy and transparent way. The more we can open the range of varieties so that the farmer can choose according to their production conditions, the greater the competitive advantages for the sector, ”said Byron Flores, Deputy Minister of Agricultural Productive Development, during the signing of the agreement.

Flores also stressed the importance of the public-private partnership that gives life to this agreement. “This type of agreement, apart from the fact that they are more than we want between public and private companies, responds to the great need to reconcile these two actors for the benefit of the farmer. Private enterprise is the engine of this economy, its rational desire for profit is what moves the country and we must take advantage of that. Agripac thought of the farmer and as vice minister, but more as a farmer, I want to thank you for this agreement. ”

Isabel Murillo, Assistant Director General of INIAP, reinforced what was expressed by Flores. “One of the ways in which technologies can reach the majority of farmers is through public-private partnerships and FLAR is our ally for it.”

For his part, Gustavo Wray, General Manager of Agripac, highlighted the importance of research as the means of development of agriculture, an idea that Eduardo Graterol, Executive Director of FLAR took up during his speech “It is a historic moment for FLAR because through this alliance, the fruit of years of research, that germplasm that was saved, becomes a valuable resource that will contribute to the food security of Ecuador and the promotion of agribusiness. ”

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