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Organisation CELOS Agriculture Department (AP CELOS)
Country Suriname
Last update : 03/06/2019
Address Prof. Dr. Ir. J. Ruinardlaan , Paramaribo  
Website www.celos.sr.org 
Email agricult@celos.sr.org
Telephone +597 490789 ext. 235
Fax +597 498069
Mandate Research
Scope 3. National
Summary The CELOS Agriculture department studies cultivation techniques with minimal harmful impact to the environment in the cultivation of root and tuber crops, cereals and legumes, with benefits for the specific environment of agricultural regions.
Description  BACKGROUND
As far as research is concerned, the CELOS Agricultural Production department studies cultivation techniques with minimal harmful impact to the environment in the cultivation of root and tuber crops, cereals and legumes, with benefits for the specific environment of agricultural regions.
The department is mainly responsible for delivering results for increasing agroproduction, food security and food safety and has expertise in the fields of mechanized cultivation systems and conservation and characterization of plant genetic resources.The department pays attention to, among other things, describing the locally occurring and newly imported varieties of agricultural crops (agro-biodiversity) and obtaining sufficient and pure plant material.

RESEARCH OBJECTIVES
The research focuses on five objectives:
1. Availability of genetic material for interesting crops for the development of sustainable cultivation systems for specific agricultural regions
2. Be proficient in rapid propagation methods for the production of sufficient vegetative plant material for field trials and demonstration fields
3. Development of a database with results from field experiments to evaluate the available genetic material that is subjected to a variety of cultivation techniques
4. Design sustainable cultivation systems for specific agricultural regions
5. Reports of post-harvest processing activities and the start of product development

TRAINING OBJECTIVES
Train farmers and communities on rapid propagation of banana (banana macro-propagator) and cassava (mini stems propagation); this hands on training is developed based on our research results and field experience.

EDUCATION OBJECTIVES
Guiding students of NATIN, PTC and Anton de Kom University of Suriname during our department related course practicals, internships and theses phases.

SETUP AND ACTIVITIES
1. Developing and maintaining in situ and or ex situ collections / gene banks of large biomass volume producing crops
1.1: Maintenance and expansion of the ex situ cassava field genebanks at the CELOS experimental sites Phedra and Tijgerkreek West and the related data base
1.2: Maintenance and expansion of the grass and fodder crops collection at Leysweg
1.3: Support the agrobiodiversity project activities regarding in situ conservation of key food crops and plant propagation for the communities of Asigron, Matta and Ricanaumoffo)
2. Testing macro propagation techniques / systems for those crops
2.1: macropropagator system for banana and other tuber crops
2.2: rapid propagation of cassava by ministems
3. Conducting field experiments regarding comparison of varieties of those crops for specific environments, often along with changing levels of specific controllable environmental factors (ex. agronomic traits of four cassava accessions compared to the Colombian variety CM6740-7)
4. Designing sustainable cultivation systems for specific environments based on combinations of crops and results of field experiments (evaluated cultivation techniques / rotation / mechanization / combining agriculture, silviculture and animal husbandry (ex. project proposal on the design of a climate change resilient cultivation system for Phedra)
5. Experimenting with post harvest techniques and product development (ex: some post harvest and product development techniques with cassava for feed production)

1. Safeguarded and described plant genetic material of large biomass volume producing crops for
2. Sufficient and clean propagated plant material of those crops for field research (or distribution)
3. Selection of well producing accessions included in the genebanks, adapted to changing cultivation circumstances due to climate change among other drivers
4. Designed sustainable cultivation systems for specific regions
5. Reports and scientific articles
1.1 Socio- economic Sector (OECD) 311 Agriculture
410 Environmental protection
43040 Rural Development
430xx Climate Change Adaptation
1.2 Institutional dimension Knowledge Management & Communication
1.3 Natural dimension Genetic Resources
Land/Soils
1.4 Target group(s) 1. Local communities
2. SMEs/Private sector
4. Research community
5. Decision makers/Policymakers
6. General public/Opinion makers
2.1 Production System 2. Mixed cropping system
3. Crop- Livestock system
4. Tree- Crop system (agro-forestry)
7. Shifting cultivation
2.3 Commodity group Food crops
Forages
Non-food agricultural products
2.4 Food Crops Banana/Plantain (Musa)
Cassava (Manihot)
Maize (Zea)
Major aroids (Colocasia, Xanthosoma)
Sweet Potato (Ipomoea)
Yams (Dioscorea)
2.5a Agro-Ecology: Thermal zone 1: Tropical
2.5b Agro-ecology: Altitude zone Lowlands
2.5c Agro-Ecology: Moisture zone 3. Humid
3.1 Natural Resource Mgmt. Community-based NRM
Conservation & Biodiversity
3.2 Pollution-Environmental Protection 9. International treaties & cooperation
4.1 Renewable Energy 03. Solid Biomass
5.1 Sustainability Issues 5. Technology
6. Services
7. Content (Development)
7.1 Suriname-Districts Brokopondo
Commewijne
Marowijne
Para
Paramaribo
Saramacca
Wanica
Organisation hiërarchie (subunits)
Centrum voor Landbouwkundig Onderzoek in Suriname / Centre for Agricultural Research in Suriname
CELOS Agriculture Department
Relation Organisation Country
Member of Network organisation details Food & Nutrition Security-Suriname netwerk Suriname