Research Center for Controlled Environment Agricultural Production (CIPAC) in Panama
Panama is the first country to understand that climate change is impacting traditional agriculture in Latin America and due to these permanent changes is preparing to completely embrace new technologies such as controlled environment agriculture (which includes vertical farming, greenhouse vegetable production and indoor agriculture.)
Their preparation includes designing, developing and constructing the Research Center for Controlled Environment Agricultural Production, or CIPAC for short. CIPAC is a groundbreaking and innovative initiative spearheaded by the Ministry of Agricultural Development (MIDA) and the Foundation for Development in Controlled Environment Agriculture (FDCEA). The FDCEA thought leader and a non-profit that works with experts to define strategies and goals in the world of ag tech and research.
Together they believe controlled environment agriculture is one solution for farmers looking to answer to a global problem of a growing population and environmental challenges.
The Research Center will be a place where new growers and students can join commercial growers and together learn how to better balance climate, air flow, light, nutrition to grow lettuce, herbs, tomatoes, cucumbers, strawberries, melons and much more.
This is great news for Panama and all of Latin America.