Science invests

For the continuity of the promotion of the link between popular economy, sustainability and science and technology applied to the improvement of the population’s quality life, an agreement was signed at the Scientific and Technological Pole of the City of Buenos Aires to start the construction of the Research, Development and Transfer Center for Agroecology (CIDTA), to be located in Máximo Paz, province of Santa Fe.

The CIDTA total investment will be of 229,369,259 pesos and the work will be carried out within the framework of the Federal Program “Building Science”. It is a space for training, dissemination, technology transfer and scientific research in agroecology, circular economy and good agricultural practices.

The ceremony was attended by the Ministers of Science, Technology and Innovation, Daniel Filmus and of the Interior, Eduardo “Wado” de Pedro; the Mayor of Máximo Paz, Darío Baiocco; the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Y-TEC, Roberto Salvarezza; the Undersecretary of Institutional Coordination of the Ministry of Science, Pablo Nuñez; and the Secretary of Science, Technology and Innovation of Santa Fe, Marina Baima.

Minister Filmus thanked the articulation effort made by all sectors and pointed out: “We have to reach a model where the main value is the people’s working capacity, development and innovation proposed by the scientific-technological system. We cannot allow our government to increase poverty and indigence, to produce more without redistributing. This is a central axis in which science and technology have much to contribute. This agricultural model needs transformations in itself, we have to improve it to generate conditions of sustainability and federalism”.

In this sense, Filmus highlighted “the work that Juan Pablo (Paz) and Pablo (Nuñez) have been carrying out through the federal programs ‘Construir Ciencia’ and ‘Equipar Ciencia’ with an enormous effort. Today we are developing popular economy projects, linking the academic sector and financing the small cooperative sector to generate the conditions for technology transfer, allowing them to actively enter the market”.

On his part, the Minister of the Interior, Eduardo “Wado” de Pedro, celebrated that “this project is the result of the initiative, creativity and militancy of today’s officials.”.

“There is a list of works, agreements and consensus on what is needed in Argentina to enhance production and rooting, so that each and every one can develop in their childhood town, have something close by and to return to. Argentina will become a land of opportunities, not concentrating every one of them around the port of Buenos Aires, making it a multipolar country.”, said de Pedro.

In turn, Pablo Nuñez remarked that this “is an inter-institutional project, with the participation of Y-TEC and the National University of Rosario, with a strong training presence a high volume. We want this center to become a regional reference, to be full of agroecological and circular economy capacities. This will allow us to offer producers and companies greater capacity to take root, to generate value with this paradigm, optimizing waste and adding capacities through this productive proposal”.

In addition, a loan agreement was signed for a Biogas Production Pilot Plant owned by Y-TEC and the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET), to be installed in CIDTA’s premises. This contract was signed by Roberto Salvarezza and the President of the Municipality of Máximo Paz, in order to arbitrate and implement joint actions for its use.

The event was also attended by the President of CONICET, Ana Franchi; the Secretary of Planning and Policies of the Ministry of Science, Diego Hurtado; Pedro Peretti, agricultural producer of Máximo Paz and member of the Arraigo Movement and the Argentine Manifesto; and representatives of the National University of Rosario, among other national and provincial authorities.