Dominican leaders, coordinators of the “Agropecuarios del Mañana EMPRENDE DR” program of the Special Fund for the Development of Agriculture (FEDA), will travel to Costa Rica with the collaboration of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) to participate in a mission to exchange knowledge and experiences in different agricultural areas.
Aspects of the mission include artificial intelligence applied to agriculture, robotics and climate-smart agriculture.
A total of 30 young people from different parts of the country, selected by a technical committee based on their contributions to the EMPRENDE DR program, will make guided visits to the university campus of the University of Atenas in Costa Rica and will observe the different production and agribusiness facilities, as well as receive numerous trainings on topics such as precision agriculture, smart agriculture and agroecology.
The young people’s tour includes visits to agro-ecotourism projects as well as to the milk and cheese plant of the Dos Pinos dairy cooperative, one of the largest in Latin America.
According to Hecmilio Galván, director of FEDA, the government of President Luis Abinader is focused on transforming Dominican agriculture and one of the pillars of the transformation is to promote generational change, in order to encourage the participation of young people in the countryside.
During their stay in the Central American country, the young people of EMPRENDE DR will receive lectures and workshops on Costa Rica’s experiences in agriculture.
Objective of the EMPRENDE DR program
“EMPRENDE DR” seeks to organize the country’s young leaders in all areas and all provinces, and also to form and capitalize a social relay for the country.
The impact will be marked with the donation of “seed capital”, microcredits, technical advice, professional technical training, educational scholarships, coaching and cultural activities, to young people whose interests are to take their entrepreneurship in a business line within the range of breeding, planting and agricultural production.
To date, the program has already been launched in San Juan, Pedernales, Azua, Hato Mayor and Puerto Plata, for the benefit of more than 5,000 young people who, with this initiative, are already improving themselves by taking advantage of opportunities for personal growth in the areas of economic entrepreneurship, training, technical assistance, technical and professional training, sports, culture and others.
Through this initiative, technical and financial resources will be promoted that will allow the insertion in the professional life and the economic flow in each benefited community.