The Santo Domingo Institute of Technology (Intec) is celebrating its 51st anniversary by highlighting the support of various institutions and companies for its research projects that seek solutions to situations that arise in various areas of the national economy.
In this regard, the rector Julio Sánchez Maríñez, in presenting the achievements of the academy, cited the fundamental support of the Puntacana Group for projects aimed at developing the positive use of sargassum.
During the presentation of Intec’s achievements and projects, he cited the creation of an organic liquid biofertilizer developed from the sargassum that reaches the beaches of the Dominican Republic by a team of researchers from the Basic and Environmental Sciences Area of Intec and the Association of Ecological Banana Farmers of the Northwest Line (Banelino).
The research was financed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and as a result produced a greater growth in the diameter of the banana stem, which has an impact on the productivity of the organic banana crop.
It was also explained that Intec is working on the Dominican satellite project and the placement of sensors to predict where and how the sargassum arrives in the DR, but due to lack of funding from the State it has not been completed.
For this reason, the academy has proposed a public-private commitment because there are companies willing to contribute with the research and solution, according to Diario Libre.
It was explained that some time ago, President Luis Abinader ordered the delivery of one million dollars to finance research projects aimed at finding a solution to the sargasso issue, but the bureaucracy has not allowed these funds to be disbursed, which keeps some 20 projects of nine universities paralyzed.