Christian Moya reports for El Dia:
Brazil and Argentina are leading in South America
Bolivia, third country in the use of certified seed
Advances. Producers cultivate 70% of the agricultural area with these inputs. Seek to guarantee the cane and chia.
Bolivia ranks third in the use of certified seed in its various crops at South America level, after Argentina and Brazil, to produce 70% of its cultivated surface with this input, is registered and secured by the National Institute of Agricultural and Forestry Innovation (INIAF).
Bolivia plants with certified seed. Rolando Cuellar, Head of INIAF reported that farmers grow 70% of their land area with certified seed, increasing 30% over their crop yields.
“Our country is in third place at the level of South America after Argentina and Brazil on the issue of production and use of certified seeds of different crops” said Cuellar at the time of stressing out that during 2012, in Santa Cruz was certified 78 thousand hectares, 83,000 reached in 2013 and 2014 grew to 90,000 the seed volume.
Cuellar announced that for the present year, the plan to increase the volume of certified seed is to reach 95 thousand tons.
INIAF makes improvements. The executive also said INIAF cultivated sorghum and sunflower surface reaches 100%, 90% soybeans and corn, wheat 87%, 82% sesame, rice 25% and beans 20%.
“There are two crops whose seeds will be certified, such as sugarcane, currently have 10 hectares of seed under test and chia have not yet been certified and registered seed,” said Cuellar.
Producers emphasize their use. Vicente Cuellar, president of Association of Producers of Corn and Sorghum (Promasor), support 90% of the corn grown in Santa Cruz surface is performed with certified hybrid seed, since producers prefer to guarantee their production and not recording losses from the use of doubtful origin seeds.
Edmundo Aspetty, oil producer, said that using certified seed guarantees the farmer sowing and harvesting, it optimizes results since this input will have a high degree of purity and germination.
“Most producers have become aware, but there are those who use their own seed and it does not guarantee productivity,” concluded Aspetty.