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Minister Praises Direct Soy Seeding

26 February 2013

ARGENTINA - Direct seeding is hugely important for environmental sustainability, Norberto Yauhar, Argentine Minister for Agriculture told the ninth World Conference on Soybean Research held in Durban, South Africa last week.

The technique, Mr Yauhar said, has put Argentina in a strategic position for the global soybean industry.

Used on 90 per cent of soybean culvations, direct seeding is one feature of progressive agriculture and part of the country's Strategic Agrifood Plan.

"As well as access to water and land we have biotechnology, research, precision agriculture, better knowledge the substantial improvement in the use of soil and concrete policies that have allowed us to achieve improvements in all these areas," said Mr Yauhar.

The policy aims to meet the needs of an argentinian population of 600 million by 2020 in an environmentally sustainable manner.

Emphasizing the strong relations Argentina had with South Africa Mr Yuahar said: "We are moving strongly in agricultural cooperation. This includes issues such as joint agricultural research, including exchange of scientific and technical market development and promotion of international trade relations."

Mr Yuahar revealed to the Durban audience the interest the government had in the South African economy saying that it is the largest in Africa and emerging fast.

Mr Yuahar added that the two nations enjoy a health trading relationship. In 2011, 70 per cent of Argentinian agri-products imports came from South Africa.


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