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Agriculture presents alternative crops to face climate change in milk production

Agriculture presents alternative crops to deal with climate change in milk production

Cultivating cassava in tropical regions will reduce dependence on corn to feed livestock, explained Undersecretary of Food Self-Sufficiency, Vctor Surez Carrera.

This month, regional forums on milk will begin at the Undersecretary of Food Self-Sufficiency in the Ministry of Agriculture, where it will be announced that practical proposals have been applied from the Milk Technical Support Strategy (EAT).

With the aim of presenting alternatives to deal with climate change in food production, with an emphasis on milk production, the Undersecretary of Food Self-Sufficiency of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development started today in the regional Milk Forum, in the Production Program for Wellbeing, and promoted through the Technical Support Strategy (EAT).

They will be developed under thematic axes: What is climate change, and how does it affect food production, including milk? What is being done to reduce the impact of climate change? And what should be the agroecological vision for the future of national dairy farming?

The forums will discuss keynote conferences, exhibitions of producers’ experiences, field tours, and agricultural markets.

Mexico faces a complicated year with a shortage of stored water, with dams that, until December 2023, are at 53 percent of their capacity. Livestock farming is recognized as responsible for 20 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions, mainly methane, according to the Undersecretary of Food Self-Sufficiency, Víctor Suárez Carrera.

He emphasized that the EAT of Milk has already carried out practical proposals, such as silage from agricultural waste to make it a nutritious food for ruminants.

Also, he continued, the cultivation of cassava spread in tropical regions to reduce the dependence on corn for livestock feed. It has been proven that cassava is a plant adapted to adverse tropical conditions, able to thrive in acidic, infertile soils and with long periods of drought, among other experiences.

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