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Colombia will have the largest bank of beans, yucca and fodder in the world

Colombia will take a step forward in 2018 in favor of the planet's food security by starting to build the largest seed bank of beans, cassava and fodder in the world, told Efe sources of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), which will host the project.

Palmira (Colombia), Nov 26 (EFE) .- Colombia will take a step forward in 2018 in favor of the planet's food security when it starts to build a seed bank for beans, cassava and fodder largest in the world, told Efe sources of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), which will host the project.

The initiative "Seeds of the Future" will cost 15 million dollars and will be installed at the headquarters of CIAT, located in the municipality of Palmira, which is part of the department of Valle del Cauca, in southwestern Colombia.

The objective of this space, which will have 67,720 samples and the highest technology in the agricultural sector in Latin America, will be to conserve the genetic diversity of crops and their species related wilds.

There "we will house the world's largest collection of bean, cassava and tropical fodder seeds," explained Sylvia Torres, communications and CIAT alliances.

This is 6,643 samples of cassava, 37,937 samples of beans and 23,140 samples of forages.

The new facilities, whose construction will begin in July 2018, will help accelerate the development of crops with traits that are urgently needed, such as having greater productivity, superior nutritional value and more competitiveness in the market.

Expert explained during a tour of CIAT in which representatives of 25 countries invited by the Invest Pacific agency participated that "the bank will be a global center for the exchange of knowledge and to create awareness in the public about the importance of the conservation of the plants and their improvement ".

CIAT scientists, entity that in 2017 completed 50 years of work, use seed collections to provide relevant data free of charge to researchers from other countries under the terms of the Treaty United Nations International on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.

Additionally, the first bank of this kind that CIAT already has deposited 31,000 samples in the Svalbard World Seed Vault, installed on the island of Spitsbergen and known as the "Vault of the End of the World" because it will be responsible for safeguarding, in case of a global catastrophe, the biodiversity of crop species that serve as food.

However, "'Seeds of the Future' is not only a place to store samples of different but to study and distribute them to academies and small farmers, "said Torres.

To finance the 15 million dollars that will cost to start up the project, the Colombian president, Juan Manuel Santos, announced that his Government will contribute 10 million dollars.

In addition, the United Kingdom will participate as strategic allies. Governor of Valle del Cauca and the private sector.

Precisely, the Ambassador of the United Kingdom in Colombia, Peter Tibber, commented that "Semillas del Futuro" is a "great opportunity for keep alive some of the most important plants on the planet in order to be conserved, studied and used to give humanity more resistant crops and profitable ".

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