PIDEKA and AGROSAVIA initiate an innovative agreement in Colombia for the development of high-tech research in the production of medicinal cannabis
March 26, 2019
The Colombian Corporation for Agricultural Research, AGROSAVIA, an organ of excellence belonging to the Colombian State for the development of research and transfer of technological innovation to the agricultural sector, joins PIDEKA to start a cooperation agreement that seeks to deepen knowledge, improve techniques and support the development of the nascent medicinal cannabis industry in Colombia.
AGROSAVIA has been supporting the technological demands of the field in Colombia for 25 years, injecting innovation supported by science and knowledge. For this they have extensive technical personnel and scientific equipment distributed in 9 headquarters and 13 research centers in the country. Invited to visit the PIDEKA facilities to follow up on the conversations started weeks ago, three area directors and a technician from the corporation asked themselves, "When they said Indoor, we couldn't imagine this, this visit surprised me a lot" commented Maria Angélica Pichimata , director of the laboratory department and representative of AGROSAVIA.
The company PIDEKA began operations in 2014 in Bogotá under the name Ganja Farm. It was the first company to legally sell medicinal products made from cannabis. More than that, it is currently the only company authorized by the Colombian government to produce cannabis under a highly technical methodology, in isolated environments, ideal for a demanding industry in terms of product quality. "We are currently collaborating with the Colombian Agricultural Institute to create parameters for agronomic evaluation for the establishment of indoor production systems, or for indoor cultivation, currently non-existent in the country," explains Javier García, director of agricultural research and development at PIDEKA. He amends, “the agreement with AGROSAVIA will allow us to better explore the potential of this cultivation modality and have even more precision on the results, so that later on we can have a technological package to work that cultivation modality in the country and even export it. "
One of the projects that PIDEKA intends to develop through these agreements is to simulate natural environments of Colombian ecosystems in its facilities in a controlled way to create cannabis plants that can have the best development in such environments, and then transfer that technology to farmers. , so that they have breeds created under strict standards, according to their needs.
“Our facilities are open doors, and we put our staff at the service of this project. On the other hand, we benefit from the availability of PIDEKA's production facilities to study factors of this mode of production that we are unaware of and that we have rarely used in Colombia, ”explained Maria Angelica.