22 de September de 2014 - 4:12 pm Tiempo de lectura: 2 minutos | No. de palabras: 370 | 1268 visitas
The Public Company, Yachay, organized the first seed and knowledge exchange in Urcuquí, with the aim of creating a space for knowledge and interaction between small and medium sized farmers in six communities located in the City of Knowledge and the parishes around this city, in the province of Imbabura.
The exposition and presentation of seeds and agricultural knowledge was held on Saturday September 20th at the Good Living Plaza in Urcuqui. About 55 exhibitors gathered to learn about agro biodiversity issues, maize farming, legumes management, and participate in the exchange of seeds and the corresponding documentation.
The event was attended by representatives of the lNlAP (National Institute for Agriculture and Livestock Research), UNORCAC (Union of Peasant Organizations of Cotacachi) Fenocin (National Federation of Peasant, Indigenous and Black Organisations), the Technical University of the North, community leaders and local authorities.
Farmer and president of the El Puente community, Patricio Delgado, recognized the importance of this activity, which, according to him “enables [us] to irsdom r Earth)d seed varieties, of Imbabura. work together with other farmers, share our seeds and discuss about different practices when planting and harvesting our products.”
The First Meeting of Seeds and Knowledge in Urcuqui was also a recognition of the agricultural work undertaken by farmers in the area. After an assessment of the exposition, it was decided to reward the exhibitor displaying the highest number of seed varieties. The award was presented to Mrs. Nelly Santacruz from the community of El Puente, with 23 varieties.
Other awards were presented to Mr. José Andrango from Armastola community, for showing the seeds of a variety of extinct beans; and Mrs. Elena Gálvez from Irugincho, Urcuquí, with the presentation of the seeds of “mashua”, an Andean tuber which is used to cure various aliments.
Richard Rubio, director of Community Relations at Yachay EP, reported that the winners received agricultural toolkits: including a wheelbarrow, shovel, machete, rake, hoe and pick. He indicated that such activities will continue in an effort to strengthen the knowledge of peasants and farmers, and their links with the Yachay, City of Knowledge project.
Caption: The UNORCAC presented their ritual, aimed at recognizing their ancestors’ wisdom and at paying respect to the “Pacha Mama” (Mother Earth), as the starting point of the meeting.