Querétaro, Qro. The private initiative and government agencies are planning the creation of a specialized center for training talent in protected and precision agriculture.
In the integration of the project the Technological University of Querétaro (UTEQ), the Secretariat of Agricultural Development (Sedea) and Dutch companies.
It is intended that the center specializes in the use of disruptive and evolutionary technologies, as well as the use of water and energy, the university announced.
The center will be based on the triple helix system, which links academia, government and industry, which will allow the development of new skills in the digital transformation in the agricultural sector, commented the rector of the UTEQ, José Carlos Arredondo Velázquez.
Through this strategy, he said, a reference can be generated not only for the Latin American region, but also for other regions of the world; since – he emphasized – the central-bajío-west zone has a relevant agro-industrial vocation.
Queretaro has become a pole to attract projects related to the agroindustry. From October 2015 to August of the current year, the state received 22 investment projects dedicated to agribusiness, representing 10.6% of the 207 investment projects that were completed in the state during the current administration, according to information from the Sustainable Development Secretariat (Sedesu).
The 22 investments represented 10,000 million pesos in capital (11.4% of the total investment received in that period) and 4,800 jobs.