Faced with climate change, Mexico and Canada agree to implement conservation agricultural means – El Sol de México

Faced with the challenges posed by climate change and food security, officials from the Ministry of Agriculture of Mexico and the Ministry of Agriculture and Food of Canada, in collaboration with the Embassy of Canada in our country, they exchanged information on sustainable intercropping, relay and conservation agriculture practices.

The priority objective of the Mexican government is to improve agricultural productivity in a sustainable and inclusive waysaid the general coordinator of International Agricultural Affairs, Lourdes Cruz Trinidad, during the seminar “Using intercropping and relay crops as tools to improve sustainable production in small farms in Mexico and Canada”.

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Canada’s Ambassador to Mexico, Graeme Clark, and Agricultural Advisor, Francis Lindsay, discussed the importance of measuring food production in terms of sustainability, by promoting conservation agriculture to producers in both countries.

In turn, University of Manitoba seed and legume agronomist Kristen MacMillan, He spoke of relay and intercropping systems in the northern plains of his country, through the mixed planting of vegetables, maize, beans and flaxseed.

He pointed out that intercropping corn with beans, soybeans with flaxseed and peas with flaxseed adds to greater profitability because it uses biological mechanisms for pest control and feedback between growers. and extension workers.

He said that in the experimental fields in Manitoba, the system of simple and alternative furrows is being developed and combined with conservation agriculture which has a good margin of profitability.D. This would have potential in the Canadian and Mexican domains.

Food demand and population growth, important factors

The researcher of the Postdoctoral College (Colpos), Jorge Etchevers Barra spoke about the need to generate new production systems that increase productivity and carbon capturein a scenario of population growth and increased food demand, with the challenge posed by climate change.

He said that in the Sierra Norte de Oaxaca, the association of fruit trees with basic cereals is used.cos: fish with maize and natural terraces are built for carbon sequestration, which will increase the diversity of diet for the people of the region.

Cuitzeo, Michoacán grower Fernando Ramírez Díaz said he has been practicing conservation agriculture and intercropping for six years, with an adequate supply of fertilizers and pest control with herbicides, this allows him to to increase the production of maize, chickpeas, wheat, oats and sorghum.

Collaborate with Canada

In a statement, it is reported that the Ministry of Agriculture called on the Canadian government to work together to pstrengthen ties to position the North American region as a pillar of global food security.

As part of the 17th meeting of the Mexico-Canada Alliance, he spoke about the creation and development of a new economy between the two countries, where innovation and collaboration are encouraged to identify new ways of access other markets.

Santiago Arguello Campos, head of the General Coordination of Agriculture, said that for Mexico, Canada is a strategic partner and ally in various areas such as agrifood.

“We are complementary, which allows us to reach other bulk markets and bring healthy, safe, sufficient and accessible agri-food products to consumers’ tables in international markets.

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