Portuguese maize producers focused on Coruche, which “has ideal conditions” to promote the sector (With Photos)
The António Teixeira Experimental Station, in Coruche, called this Tuesday, September 28, the field day of Anpromis – National Association of Maize and Sorghum Producers, which brought together maize producers in Portugal and several supplying agents in the sector.
Among the most recent technological innovations for corn production, the latest fertilizers, irrigation products and seeds, there were several points of interest that were requested from suppliers, with companies in the area having a massive presence in Coruche.
The President of Anpromis, Jorge Neves, who chaired the event, stressed that the National Competence Center for Corn and Sorghum Crops, located in Coruche, in a partnership between the association, the Municipality of Coruche and the National Research Institute Agrarian and Veterinary, IP (INIAV), “Its ideal conditions for promoting what we do are corn trials, fertilizer trials, we carry out herbicide trials and mechanization. We were able to bring together in this space everything that says something to corn producers, so it is the ideal place and the ideal partnership with INIAV and the Coruche City Council to proceed with this type of initiatives. ”
Asked if the great challenge for farmers who are dedicated to maize would be the production of series that responds to the needs of the Portuguese market, Jorge Neves begins by emphasizing that the first thing that matters is to provide the economic conditions of farmers, “the owners are entrepreneurs like any other, they have to live off their work like anyone else, and therefore there has to be fair remuneration, either from the market or from the support involved for these producers”, he said, molding that“it is important that they remain as conditions for these farmers to continue to produce corn”.
Another concern is the environment, saving water resources and the impact of the environment, stressing that only with robust agriculture can one speak of territorial cohesion, “if we do not produce, because it is with production that territorial cohesion exists, it is keeping farmers to produce inland that territorial cohesion is maintained. of the risks we have of abandoning if we don’t make the culture”.
The water and the interior will be the great challenges for farmers in the coming years, and this was emphasized by the President of Anpromis, who stressed that “water is essential for production, rainfed production is something that is consensual that it is not viable for agriculture that wants to be modern”, Built that the territory is also fundamental“because maize cultivation occupies about 100,000 hectares in Portugal, and therefore 100,000 hectares of irrigated arable land is something that unfortunately does not abound in countries like Portugal. ”
Also present at the event was the vice-president of the Municipality of Coruche, Fátima Galhardo, who reiterated all the municipality’s support for the Corn and Sorghum Competence Center installed in the municipality of Coruche, also leaving a word to the farmers, who often they complain about the lack of network of mobile operators to carry out their work, which is increasingly dependent on new technologies, that the municipality will do everything to fill this gap in the municipality.