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CATIE participated in the International Congress on Sustainability, Productivity and Competitiveness of Nicaraguan Rice

  • The congress was attended by rice producers from all over the country

May 13 2019. The first International Congress on Sustainability, Productivity and Competitiveness of Nicaraguan Rice was held on April 25 with the aim of strengthening the activity and productive capacity in Nicaragua. CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) was represented by Norvin Sepúlveda, the Center's representative in Nicaragua.

Sepulveda made an exhibition called Intensive Rice Cultivation System and its Impact on Climate Change, through which he informed producers about the effects of climate change and how to address the problem in this agricultural sector.

During the congress, they discussed about the  Rice Intensification System (SICA, its Spanish acronym), a strategy aimed at increasing the yield of rice crops, as well as other grains, legumes and vegetables, by simply changing the way these crops are managed with minimal dependence on external inputs.

For Sepulveda, this is an innovative system that applies the concept of climate-smart agriculture (increased productivity, adaptation and mitigation) and can be easily adapted for both rainfed and irrigated rice, without the need to use better varieties or a large amount of chemical fertilizers.

More than 400 representatives of institutions, organizations and international exponents participated in this congress, who shared knowledge and experiences with rice producers from different areas of the country.

 

Norvin Sepúlveda, representative of CATIE in Nicaragua, as a member
of the main table of the congress.

 

More information:

Norvin Sepulveda
National Representative of CATIE, Nicaragua.
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Written by:
Frania Escorcia
Communicator
National Office of CATIE in Nicaragua
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