Mr. Marcelo Secco, director of a beef and lamb processing plant in Uruguay, explains how the Uruguayan livestock farmers work together with INIA, The National Agricultural Research Institute of Uruguay. He stresses how the open relationship benefits Uruguayan livestock farmers and the overall agricultural sector.
Although he points out that the Uruguayan economy is small, all players within this sector recognize the need for collaboration for the sake of good business. As such research plays a vital role and it is openly endorsed and accepted. This environment contributes to the provision of high quality product making it an excellent source for exports which in the long run benefits the Uruguayan economy.
Such an environment acts as a benchmark for the important role in which agricultural research should play for the economies of other countries. Many times there is a complete disconnect between what is being research and what is actually practiced in the field.
Educational institutions may, at times become engrossed in the fact that they are academic institutions. Emphasis is placed on those within academic circle. Subsequently those who are practicing areas of study in the actual field are forgotten or given a miniscule voice.
In other instances researchers may have correctly identified a problem, investigated and produce results/recommendations however they may not be able to transfer this knowledge to the stakeholders due to an inability to communicate in layman’s terms. Simple as it may be this problem is more common than one might think. Regardless, as Mr. Secco correctly indicated, open dialogue and collaboration is the key for research and the benefit it can provide to the agricultural sector.
Read more about INIA, The National Agricultural Research Institute of Uruguay. INIA has been crucial in the preparation of the upcoming GCARD2 conference.
This blogpost was written by Kevin Bascombe, one of the GCARD social reporters