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They seek to increase investment in science and technology to 1.5%

The president explained that the Ministry, in which Colciencias will be transformed, will have the responsibility to articulate all the investigation according to the enterprise.

In the midst of the launch of the New Agrosavia laboratory network in Cereté (Córdoba),the president of the Republic, Iván Duque, said that the country should increase investment in science, technology and innovation to 1.5% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

“Colombia needs to get out of the lethargy of being a country whose investment in science, technology and innovation is below 0.5% of GDP and increase investment to 1.5%, and we will achieve this with the development Plan ‘Pacto por Colombia, Pacto por la Equidad’, whose law passed last week,” said the head of State.

If that goal were met, according to Duque, the country would escalate into regional standards of excellence and open the way to further increase participation.

He stressed that” this is not a discourse, it is a determination of the government, “which”will begin with the foundation of the Ministry of Science and Technology, a yearning that Colombia has had for many years and that this year will be a reality.”

The president explained that the Ministry, in which Colciencias will be transformed, will have the responsibility to articulate all the investigation according to the enterprise.

At the same time, President Duque welcomed the opening of the new call for national and foreign researchers to participate in the construction of an ecosystem of Science, Technology and innovation applied to agricultural development.

“Agrosavia is an institution that has strengthened over time and reiterated that it aspires to become as important a center as Embrapa, the Brazilian Agricultural Research Company, added Duque.

He also indicated that Agrosavia, with a group of specialized researchers, can achieve “findings that translate into the progressive and timely improvement of the productivity of our field; that translate into being able to give us the best tools to open markets and to put ourselves in excellence in the development of each of the productive schemes of our country.”

In the visit to the Research Center Turipaná, in Cereté, the President noted that strategies of sustainable livestock, production of meat, breeding schemes for pasture and seed development, and schemes silvopastoral respect to the global effort of mitigation and adaptation to climate change.

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