This center is a result of an agreement with the European Union, and has $11.4 million to finance scientific projects.
"The facility will process and reuse waste from agricultural industries, in order to convert them into bio-fuels, bio-pesticides and bio-fertilizers, or use them in decontaminating residual waters", reports Mipunto.com.
Equipment donated by the European Union will enable the laboratory to be updated in order to provide metrology services adhering to international standards.
The donation to the National Metrology Center (Cenamo) includes laboratory equipment for use with fine and coarse masses, volume and flow, temperature measurement, pressure, force, power, density and viscosity, dimensional, longitudinal, time and frequency, and reference materials.
From September the country's laboratories are authorized to import reference soil samples in order for them to be analyzed by the agricultural sector.
From a statement issued by Agexport:
On September 12 Government Agreement 177-2016 MAGA was published in the Official Journal, which authorizes national laboratories to import collaborative trial samples for quality control of the analysis of results of agricultural soils.The idea of this, according to entrepreneurs from the Laboratories Sector at AGEXPORT is to allow national soil laboratories to be able to participate in international programs on quality control of the results of soil analysis.
$2.5 million has been designated for a seed research station, located in Salama, Baja Verapaz.
In order to continue advancing the process of upgrading the seeds in its plant in Guatemala, Monsanto Vegetales has invested $2.5 million in a "molecular markers" unit, which will be used to improve the seed’s resistance to the weather.
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