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Chile’s Minister of Agriculture visits CIMMYT

The Minister of Agriculture of Chile, Alvaro Rojas Mar√≠n, spent Friday morning, 23 March 2007, touring CIMMYT‚Äôs germplasm bank and the biotech lab and talking with Masa Iwanaga, Director General. He was accompanied by ministry staff, the Agricultural Counselor of the Chilean Embassy in Mexico, Oscar Troncoso Mu√Īoz, the president of the Chilean Exporters Association, and Fernando Valderr√°bano Pesquera, Subdirector for International Affairs of Mexico‚Äôs Ministry of Agriculture, SAGARPA. Among other topics, Rojas and Masa discussed Chile‚Äôs success in commercial agriculture and how that country‚Äôs farm sector model might hold relevance for other Latin American nations seeking opportunities in globalized markets.