CNA and Australian research organization discuss technology solutions for agriculture


The Brazilian Confederation of Agriculture and Livestock (CNA) and representatives of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) met on Thursday (18) in Brasilia to discuss technological solutions for the Brazilian agricultural sector.

CSIRO is the Australian national research organization, which has over 5,000 researchers worldwide working on the development of innovative technologies for various sectors such as industry, retail and agriculture. In the meeting, CNA’s deputy technical superintendent, Natália Fernandes, spoke about the role of the Confederation in defending the interests of farmers and ranchers and how CNA can work in partnership with CSIRO in research.

CSIRO´s Executive Director in Chile, Orlando Jiménez, presented the Australian experience in innovation and practical solutions in livestock production, digital agriculture, food industry, aquaculture and horticulture.

“There are many opportunities to be explored in Brazil, especially in the semi-arid region. And with international collaboration, our research can help improve productivity, profitability and sustainability in agricultural and livestock production,” he said.

CSIRO’s Executive Director, Orlando Jiménez ,and Edmundo Claro, Program Research Director

Jonathan Hodge, CSIRO´s Ocean and Atmosphere Program director in Chile, highlighted the actions of the vegetable oil engineering group and block chain technology (a network that records various types of transactions on the Internet) as a tool to simplify the transition between producers and retailers.

Jonathan Hodge,  Program Director of Ocean & Atmosphere

According to CNA International Relations adviser Bárbara Lopes, CNA will prepare an agenda with three proposals from the Brazilian rural sector that are aligned with the research and technology areas of the Australian agency

The meeting was also attended by the research director of the CSIRO Chile Earth and Water Program, Edmundo Claro, the CSIRO Agriculture and Food scientist, Xue-Rong Zhou, CNA Animal Production coordinator Lilian Figueiredo, coordinator of the Protocols for Traceability of Voluntary Adhesion of the CNA Institute, Paulo Vicente Costa, CNA technical advisors Thiago Rodrigues and Gustavo Goretti, technical advisor of the CNA Institute, Ana Mera and technical coordinator of Technical Assistance and Management of the National Rural Learning Service (Senar), Eduardo Gomes.