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Gill McShane

BY GILL McSHANE

Monday 29th September 2008, 08:13 Central Time

Costa Rica-Brazil ink cooperation deal

Corbana has teamed up with Embrapa in Brazil in a bid to boost technical innovation within the banana industry

Costa Rica-Brazil ink cooperation deal

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The Costa Rican National Banana Corporation (Corbana) has reportedly signed a technical cooperation agreement with Brazil’s farming and livestock research agency (Embrapa) in an effort to develop improved pest and disease controls for banana production.

The duo will jointly develop research projects and exchange scientific data in order to develop technological solutions for the banana industries in both Costa Rica and Brazil.

According to Corbana general manager Jorge Sauma, the new partnership follows a number of years of scientific collaboration between Corbana and Embrapa to improve banana plant genetics, resistance to disease and molecular biology.

Research will be carried out at both organisations’ headquarters in Brazil and Costa Rica as well as on local banana plantations.

The move is aimed at improving banana production methods and producer know-how in both Latin American countries.

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