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Experiment Stations INIA Tacuarembó
INIA Tacuarembó


In 1972 the Estación Experimental del Norte was established as part of the Centro de Investigaciones Agrícolas "Alberto Boerger" (CIAAB), together with its other Experiment Stations : La Estanzuela (now INIA-La Estanzuela), Litoral Norte (now INIA-Salto Grande), Las Brujas (now INIA-Las Brujas) and Estación Experimental del Este (now INIA-Treinta y Tres).

Regional Advisory Council and Working Groups - in Spanish

Brief History

Since its creation in 1972, the basic task was to develop improved and diversified agricultural production systems by establishing rotations, for suitable soils, which integrate crops and pastures with the aim of increasing livestock and crop production.

Its land infrastructure was completed in 1973 with the incorporation of the “Glencoe” Experiment Unit in the Basaltic region (a property of the National Institute for Colonization (INC)) and with the purchase in 1975, of "La Magnolia" Experiment Unit on sandy soils.

Since 1989, it became part of the Instituto Nacional de Investigación Agropecuaria (INIA) as INIA-Tacuarembó Regional Direction.



INIA – Tacuarembó Today

INIA – Tacuarembo Today

·         Objective:

·         To develop through research, ecological alternatives which will improve the competitiveness, efficacy and efficiency of agricultural production systems so as to make possible a sustainable economic and environmental development for the Region. To develop research and technical assistance activities in its area of influence, by carrying out projects and delivering services on: Pastures, Animal Production, Crops, Integrated Research and Seeds.

·         Research on: native and sown pastures; genetic (i.e. breed crosses), nutritional and management factors in livestock production systems (cattle and sheep); plant variety evaluation and crop management for: warm season (soybeans, sunflower, peanuts, corn and sorghum) and cool season crops (flax, wheat, barley and rye), as also in horticulture (potatoes and beans);  Production Systems; Seed Services and Regional Relations

·         Area of Influence

The area of influence for INIA-Tacuarembó is defined in terms of soil type and predominant production activity, comprising most part of the departments of Artigas, Salto and Paysandu, all of Rivera, Tacuarembó as well as parts of  Durazno, Río Negro, Flores, Florida and Cerro Largo.

It is an area of approximately 8:500.000 hectares which  integrates soils developed upon:

Basalt (Basalto)

Area:             4:000.000              has.
Predominant activity: Livestock

Sandstone (Areniscas)

Area: 600.000 has.
Predominant activity: Livestock and Forestry 

Crystalline basement (Cristalino)

Area: 2:500.000 has.
Predominant activity: Livestock and Crops

Northeast (Noreste)

Area: 1:500.000 has.
Predominant activity: Livestock-Crops-Forestry

·         Infrastructure

INIA-Tacuarembó  has two Experiment Units:

"La Magnolia"
Located in the department of Tacuarembó, 20 kms to the East of its capital city, over Route 26, where research for sandy soils is centered.
Located in the department of Paysandu, 130 kms. west of Tacuarembó city, over Route 26, where research is conducted for the Basaltic region.

  • A prospective and articulating vision:
      • This Regional Direction of INIA must not only aim to keep a sharp outlook on which are de major pathways for innovation and change in the agrifood sector, but must also participate jointly with other actors in it, through strategic alliances or other kinds of association in establishing a shared vision for the future.
      • It must contribute to establish an organizational framework to allow the utilization of available resources (human, financial, etc.) channelling them in a unified way through a joint effort for innovation together with the rest of the institutions at the local, regional, national and international levels.
      • Provide support in timely situations of crisis for farming, as for example, during droughts.
  • Challenges:
      • Keeping up and stimulate highly qualified human resources
      • Provide continuous training, labour safety and health conditions
      • Look after the new demands for research in issues related to the measurement of impacts, on the three dimensions of sustainable development, in search of ecological integrity, social equity and economic security, for the various areas of research.
      • Generate indicators to measure the three dimensions of development previously mentioned.
      • Improve the quality and quantity of communications and linkages of INIA Tacuarembó, at the public/private and personal/institutional levels.
      • Aim at a continuous improvement in the quality and quantity of the products put over by INIA Tacuarembó.
      • Initiate actions towards certification by ISO 9000 standards as well as those of ISO 14000 (environmental management).



INIA - Glencoe

  • It was decided to establish this unit as the following stage to the National Program for Studies on Pasture Improvement initiated in 1969.
  • Experimental and Production Demonstrative Unit “Molles del Queguay”.
  • Belonging to the “Fernando Baccaro” Colony of the National Institute for Colonization (INC).
  • Became in use by CIAAB (predecessor of INIA) by mid 1973.
  • It was established so as to have a farm in where to deepen studies for the technological development of the Basaltic region.
  • It became the starting point for the Development of Real Production Systems for the Basalt area.
  • Justification: Livestock Research should not restrict itself to the search of new knowledge upon analytical research, but must verify if it is feasible under the real conditions which characterize the means in which the farmer develops himself.
  • Objectives: Research, Technical Assistance, Extension, Demonstration and Teaching.



INIA - La Magnolia

  • Previous experimental work on crops, pastures and livestock was conducted in collaborative private farms.
  • The need to integrate knowledge achieved through analytical research into mixed cropping and livestock production systems for sandy soils. 
  • Experimental and Production Demonstrative Unit “La Magnolia”.
    Farm purchased by CIAAB in 1975.





Lic. Ana María Chiacchio
E.mail: bibliotb@inia.org.uy

Address: Ruta 5, Km. 386 - Tacuarembó.
Tel:               598 (063) 22407        - Fax: 598 (063) 23969

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Estación Experimental - INIA Tacuarembó
Ruta 5 Km. 386 - Tacuarembó
Tel.: ++ 598 632 2407
Fax: ++ 598 632 3969
E-mail: iniatbo@tb.inia.org.uy