When local efforts receive public support the result is success at the global stage. At least this is so in the case of local agricultural producers of the Uruguayan province of Canelones. The two success stories shown in the above video clip highlight the achievements of the onion seed producers at the locality of Sause and grape plant developers at the locality of San Jacinto.
When Alicia Rodriguez (our first hero) was invited to the School of Agronomy to be part of an experiment, she probably did not imagine that one day she would become one of the biggest onion seed producers in her country. Little by little her efforts together with two other producers and the School helped her to develop the new type of onion seed called “pantanose del Sause CRS”. The result is an onion with very good output, good post-harvest and high resistance to various diseases.
Now Alicia is the president of the cooperative called CALSESUR –Agrarian Limited Seed Cooperative from the South – comprised of 13 family producers. The experimental site at the School is used for teaching, practice and research purposes.
The second story is about grape plant producers who, due to the new technology of grafting, are achieving outstanding results to help the Uruguayan wine to find its customers in US and European markets. Zulma Gabard, producer of wine plants, is very proud about her business, which originally was the continuation of her husband’s university thesis. Thanks to the technology adopted from France and Italy and its adjustment to the local environment, producing grafted wine plants now takes only one year in comparison three years which was the case in the past. She also points out the fact that Uruguay’s being the first and only country in South America to have a programme of mandatory certification through its agency called INASE is helping to maintain and constantly improve the quality of the products.
Today Uruguayan wine is highly renowned worldwide, “an achievement made possible thanks to producers like Zulma, and the joint work of many institutions” the authors of the clip conclude.
Blogpost by Firdavs Kabilov, one of the GCARD2 social reporters.