Brazil concentrates 20% of all the biodiversity on the planet. The project's objective is to create an integrated information bank on the country's biodiversity to ensure the preservation of the genetic heritage of plant, animal and microbial species, contributing to the evolution of agriculture and food security in the country. “Brazil is an agro-environmental power. We need to know the assets we have. It is a matter of national security ”, said the Minister of Agriculture, Tereza Cristina.
Minister Marcos Pontes pointed out that one of the forms of collaboration of the MCTI could occur through the National Research and Education Network (RNP), with the connection of all project participants. In addition, he suggested the creation of an information capture system to supply the platform.“You can count on the Ministry 100%. This project is good for the country and important for Brazil's food security ”, reinforced Marcos Pontes.
The Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) has developed a network for the integration of genetic resource information and has the fifth largest genetic bank for the conservation of these resources in the world. There are more than 110 thousand samples from 800 different species, whether from animals, vegetables or micro-organisms. The idea is to expand this platform nationally, with the inclusion of other public and private institutions, such as universities and federal institutes, in addition to representatives of the agricultural sectors. The new platform should have a national system and network, which can be accessed by the public and private sectors and also aligned internationally.
According to the Map, the implementation of a Genetic Resources Policy and Platform has as guidelines to guarantee the country's sovereignty, food and nutritional security, to value national agrobiodiversity, to avoid genetic erosion and to promote the diversification of the food base.
The meeting was attended by the president of Embrapa, Celso Moretti; the Deputy Secretary for Innovation, Rural Development and Map Irrigation, Pedro Neto; the Director of Support to Innovation for Agriculture of the Map, Cleber Soares; the executive secretary of the MCTI, Leonidas Medeiros; and MCTI's Secretary for Research and Scientific Training, Marcelo Morales.