NCRST, NAB partners on agronomy, biotechnology, biosafety

By Confidente Reporter

NATIONAL Commission on Research, Science and Technology (NSCRT) acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Albertina Ngurare says Research, Science, technology and Innovation (RSTI) are important in the institution’s quest for sustainable development and national economic growth that will raise socioeconomic standards of living for citizens.

Ngurare made the remarks at a recent Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing ceremony between NCRST and the Namibian Agronomic Board (NAB).

The MoU will enable NCRST and NAB to coordinate and co-host national and regional interdisciplinary training workshops related to agronomy, biotechnology and biosafety.

Ngurare said NCRST strongly intends to advance agronomy through biotechnology taking into account precaution principles through biosafety.

“This strategic collaboration will enable us to work together on several initiatives, but we have also noted the need for capacity building and knowledge exchange, as well as information and documentation of a scientific nature. Support for agricultural research initiatives can also be investigated for possible technology development, innovation and value addition.