Brazil's President Knows She Lost. And Already Started Moving Out of Brasília
The Brazilian Senate has opened the impeachment trial of suspended President Dilma Rouss...

Read more

The Naysayers Were Wrong. The Rio Olympics Were an Absolute Success
The Olympic Games were an absolute success. This is the result of the work of each person...

Read more

Brazil President Says She's Victim of a Coup by Sore Losers
Talking to a packed theater at the Bank Workers' Union of Brasília, Brazil's suspe...

Read more

Brazil Could Become Another Greece, Warns Planning Minister
Brazilian acting minister of Planning, Development, and Management Dyogo Henrique indicat...

Read more

Rio Mural Gets Guinness Nod as World's Largest Graffiti Art
The Ethnicities mural painted by Brazilian graffiti artist Eduardo Kobra at the Olympic B...

Read more

Let's Resist Together, Tells Brazil President on the Eve of Her Impeachment Trial
With a few hours left until her impeachment trial begins in the Brazilian Senate on Thur...

Read more

It's High Time Brazil Got Rid of Its Stray-Dog Complex
To bastardize Charles Dickens: It was the worst of times, and it was the worst of times. ...

Read more

Call It Coup or Not, Stage Is Set for Brazil President's Ouster
With the Rio Olympics over, Brazil's attention returns to its long-running political dram...

Read more

Olympics: At the End, All Doom and Gloom Melted Under the Warmth and Joy of Rio's People
Rio de Janeiro is the marvelous city, the heart of Brazil, a mix of the sublime and the m...

Read more

The Snake Is Smoking: Echoes of World War II on the Occasion of Rio's Triumphal Olympic Games
The run-up to the Olympic Games in Rio was accompanied by numerous reports in the world p...

Read more

Brazil's President Knows She Lost. And Already Started...
The Naysayers Were Wrong. The Rio Olympics Were...
Brazil President Says She's Victim of a Coup...
Brazil Could Become Another Greece, Warns Planning Minister...
Rio Mural Gets Guinness Nod as World's Largest...
Let's Resist Together, Tells Brazil President on the...
It's High Time Brazil Got Rid of Its...
Call It Coup or Not, Stage Is Set...
Olympics: At the End, All Doom and Gloom...
The Snake Is Smoking: Echoes of World War...

Tunisia Wants Brazil's Technology on Growing Wheat

Wheat grown by Brazil's Embrapa Gathered in Brazilian capital Brasília, researchers of the Ministry of Agriculture of Tunisia and of the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa), in the Savannah unit, elaborated a memorandum of understanding to begin partnerships in several areas of research. The main interest of the Arab country is in the greater production of durum wheat, which is harder and richer in protein, and barley.

"Our main interest today is in the production of wheat. It is another very important sector and we want to develop it. We visited Embrapa and went out into the field and to their laboratory and discovered that the Embrapa has very interesting things we can use. On the other hand, we can show them our work. There is mutual interest and we are going to help each other," stated Khalifa M' Hedhbi, director of the Grain Technical Center, in Bousalem, Tunisia.

Currently, Tunisia produces 80% of the durum wheat it consumes. With regard to soft wheat, the country only produces 20% of its needs. Production of barley is also 80% of domestic demand. "Our target is to become self-sufficient in durum wheat and barley. We must continue importing soft wheat as we do not have enough area to plant it," said the researcher.

According to him, the country's objective is to manage to increase production of soft wheat without increasing the area of cultivation and, in the case of durum wheat and barley, the target is to reach self-sufficiency.

"To increase productivity we came to Embrapa as they have means to help us. They have new technologies and I feel that, together with them, we may develop new varieties that may be resistant to drought and diseases. Embrapa also counts on other tools that may help us increase our productivity," he added.

One of the priorities of the memorandum is the exchange of genetic material of wheat and barley to expand the genetic base in our country. With the signing of a cooperation agreement, Embrapa Savannah should start a program for research with durum wheat, which is ideal for the production of macaroni and other kinds of pastas.

According to a press statement disclosed by the Embrapa Savannah, the best region for production of durum wheat in Brazil is the Savannah in the central region. In the text, Brazilian researcher Júlio Albrecht, of the team for genetic improvement of the Embrapa Savannah, who accompanied the Tunisians, said that there is mutual need to increment the varieties of wheat with greater volumes of gluten for the bakery industry.

According to Hedhbi, apart from the wheat and barley germplasm (seed) exchange, the agreement should allow for the exchange of several agricultural technologies and also exchange programs between researchers and students. With regard to germplasm, Hedhbi's greatest interest is in the exchange of seeds of varieties that are resistant to great heat.

This is the third time that the Tunisian researcher comes to Brazil. According to him, in the other trips the objective was not turned to greater production of wheat, but to the development of new technologies for the management of erosion.

"This time we came to discuss ways to increase production of wheat without increasing the area of cultivation, through exchange of scientists and researchers, for example. This will help reach our objectives as fast as possible," he said.

Hedhbi and researcher Moudi El Felah, who is the Research & Development director at the National Institute of Agronomical Research, in Tunis, the Tunisian capital, arrived in Brazil last week and visited the Embrapa Wheat, in Passo Fundo, in Rio Grande do Sul. During their visit to Brasí­lia, the ambassador of Tunisia to Brazil, Seifeddine Cherif, accompanied them.



0 #1 Hey Hey !!!!!ch.c. 2008-11-07 03:47
Somewhat funny knowing Brazil is the second or third World largest Wheat......IMPORTER !
AND BETTER YET.....your local production has a VERY LOW productivity...PER HECTARE !!

laugh....laugh...laugh....laugh !!!!!!

Add comment

Security code

Who's Online

We have 2997 guests and no members online


Articles View Hits


Football Shirts


Brokers list for binary options


Make money with binary options


Shop TOBI for Dresses, Tops, Blouses, and Outerwear


Only useful paper writing tips Doing homework assignments isn't hard, all you need is our advices and help