Spain helps hi-tech farming.
SPAIN HELPS HI-TECH FARMING. Spain has donated $30 million to
establish a Caribbean regional Centre for Excellence in Advanced
Technology for Agriculture (CEATA), report JIS (Sept. 22, 2011). Spanish
Ambassador to Jamaica Mara Celsa Nuno said Spain has provided funding
for the program through its Agency for Intl Development Co-operation
(AECID), as part of a wider partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture
& Fisheries. Located in Jamaica, it will help to establish and
direct the research and training agendas, in keeping with the priorities
of the agricultural sector. It will also serve CARICOM states, through a
program for training greenhouse technicians, and the use of the
technology to enhance productivity and quality, while enabling farmers
to manage their crops and reduce exposure to the vagaries of the weather
and seasonality. The training will be provided by consultants from the
Spanish Institut de Recerca i Tecnologia Agroalimentaries (IRTA).