Montevideo - TodoElCampo - Grain production should no longer be thought of as such, and therefore the farmer is transformed into something much more than the noble task of sowing, harvesting and generating food for the world. Technological advances have opened a door that seems to be almost infinite because as progress is made, boundaries are being overcome, and America is the continent with the best conditions for this transformation towards post-granary agriculture.
Gustavo Grobocopatel, president of Grupo Los Grobo, referred to post-granary agriculture in a brief speech at the Third Business Summit of the Americas that took place last April in Lima, Peru. In his speech, released yesterday at Los Grobo Consulting, he proposes that agriculture make use of all its potential and advance taking advantage of the possibilities that American land and technology give it.
"Entrepreneurs linked to the world of agribusiness have agreed on a document that reflects our vision" about the "short, medium and long term challenges" for which a "systemic approach that integrates public and private sectors and society in its set, "said Ing. Agr. Grobocopatel at the summit of Lima.
He appreciated that our countries are in an "appropriate" time and place because "the demand for our products will grow in quantity and quality in the coming decades".
In addition "not today another region that has the conditions of the Americas to provide the food that will be demanded and under what we call a post-granary agriculture provide raw material for construction, clothing, medicines and other multiple uses".
He defined the region as a "great photosynthetic platform that converts sun and water into multiple products that come out of our valleys, plains, forests, mountains, our seas and rivers".
Here we have "abundant and cheap" water as there is not anywhere else on the planet, but "above all we have a culture on how to cultivate", which comes from the "ancestral and remote America, acquired and improved by recent migrations".
"On these foundations we are riding on a technological convergence without known antecedents or limits," he stressed.
"Biotechnology makes it possible to design plants by transforming them into factories that absorb carbon dioxide and use solar energy. They are the basis of the new green industrial revolution that will take place in the rural areas of our continent. They will be accompanied by a new chemistry, microbiology, which domesticates microorganisms and transforms them into new workers, and by technologies to plant without removing the earth, "he described and stressed that" for the first time in history, farmer is not synonymous with plowman".
"Robotics, precision agriculture, nanotechnology, management based on artificial intelligence, the internet of things, learning of machines, the uberization of logistics and services, will change the forms of organization, the division of jobs and the use of assets, "said the president of Los Grobo.
"The peoples of the Americas must receive these transformations with hope and self-transform them to internalize them. Entrepreneurs have the challenge of creating sustainable and inclusive business ecosystems, integrating complex and diverse activities (...), an example of this is the integration of agribusiness with gastronomy and tourism, and services based on information technology that converge to make these products more competitive, sustainable and of greater value" he said.
WE NEED A STATE TO LEAD
Grobocopatel added that entrepreneurs in the Americas are willing to invest in risking their capital, but they need "hard and soft technology", but also "a State of this time, a facilitating State, a builder of public goods; a State that learns and changes permanently, a State that leads the changes and transforms them into a collective feat".
It is necessary "to do things well, and to do them quickly," he concluded.
Published by: www.todoelcampo.com.uy (Uruguay)
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