03.09.2013

The National Plan of Science, Technology and Innovation was presented in Jujuy

The secretary of Planning and Policies, Dr. Ruth Ladenheim, travelled to the city of San Salvador (Jujuy) to present the instrument which establishes the basic outline of scientific, technological and innovation policy in the country for the following years.

The National Plan of Science, Technology and Innovation was presented in Jujuy

The National Plan of Science, Technology and Innovation was presented in Jujuy

This morning in the School of Agrarian Science of the National University of Jujuy, the “National Plan of Science, Technology and Innovation, Innovative Argentina 2020” was presented. The dissertation was made by the secretary of Planning and Policies of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, Dr. Ruth Ladenheim, who shared the opening panel with the minister of Education, B.Sc. Rodolfo Tecchi.

“In order to articulate virtuous mechanisms of development it is also necessary to attend the social and productive demands in terms of knowledge which exist in all regions. And for that we came, to announce a Plan which was elaborated based on our concern to work for the technological development of the country, with social inclusion”

In that regard, Dr. Ladenheim sustained: “This Plan answers the challenge made by our President upon creating a Ministry of Science: to articulate knowledge with development in Argentina”. Moreover, the public official explained that the Plan  “creates development opportunities all throughout the country, in all provinces”“In order to articulate virtuous mechanisms of development it is also necessary to attend the social and productive demands in terms of knowledge which exist in all regions. And for that we came, to announce a Plan which was elaborated based on our concern to work for the technological development of the country, with social inclusion”, concluded the official.

On his hand, B.Sc. Tecchi commented: “This science Plan incorporates the view of the provinces, the requirements and capacities of each sector of the country, and sets priorities to apply funds for technological and scientific development according to social and productive needs. We will support this Plan by also setting priorities at provincial level, in accordance with what we are doing at national level”.  

Moreover, it was also held the Course of Social Technologies “Innovate to Include”, in which participated researchers belonging to different institutions of the region, who presented technological projects of local application aimed at the inclusion of rural population. In the evening, two panels were held dedicated to recovered ancestral cultivation and to the promotion of initiatives seeking to take advantage of camel's fiber. The officials also walked through the General Savio centre of technological research, dedicated to the recovery of lithium and alternative energy.

The Plan constitutes a fundamental contribution to the present administration and is the result of a series of actions taken by the Ministry since its creation in 2007, which make it possible to sustain the growth and consolidation of areas and sectors which are considered strategic. Through the Plan productive and inclusive innovation are promoted, on the basis of the expansion, advance and strengthening of the National System of Science, Technology and Innovation, in order to improve competitiveness of the economy thus improving the quality of life of the population, within a context of sustainable development.

In this context, the Plan acknowledges strategic socio-productive nucleuses (NSPE) which have high potentialities in the north-west region. Among them we may mention the bio-refineries, which take advantage of residues from the crops; the development of knowledge for obtaining lipids from micro-organisms and algae; and the use of thermo-chemicals of the biomass and the optimization of fermentative processes, among other subjects.

In the field of food production, the Plan highlights: the work with strawberries in connection with the development of extraction and purification technologies; the work made with the Arco Iris trout; the elaboration of food for fish with different uses; the obtaining of unrefined flour and the installation of pilot plants for the processing of different grains in the field of enriched flours.  As regards non-traditional animal production, the Plan outlines working strategies for the industrialization of camel's fine camelid fiber.

In relation to natural resources transformation, stress is made on the work of lithium recovery without modifying water balance, the production of lithium salts for batteries and the development of batteries for hybrid cars and computers, among other matters.

Lastly, in the area of phytomedicine and ancestral food, there is the production and value enhancement  of typical species of the region, such as amaranth, burrito, lemon verbera, chachacoma, cola de caballo, muña-muña and yacón, among others. All of the abovementioned entails the strengthening of the chain of value in these medicine plants. We could mention as an example the yacón, which has a production of extracts, flours and syrups and the development of nutraceutical products, among other developments.

In 2011, investment in Research and Development (R & D) in Jujuy amounted to ARS 105,000,000. This amount meant a 973% increase in comparison with 2003, which substantially exceeded the growth rate of the national total, which was 673%.

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