High attendance on field trip & cooperation between LIFEs

22.04.2015 By: Transfer LBC

Last 17th of April a field trip visit was celebrated in Ayoó de Vidriales in order to see the preliminary results of the proyect LIFE+Operation CO2 in which important actions are being executed by transforming abandoned lands into productive soils.

Agricultural technicians, farmers and academics from two universities,  UPM  and UVA, have joined the field trip together with the attendees of the conference "organic farming" managed by Foro Agrario.

The technical coordinator Pedro Luis Alonso Fernández of Beral Ingeniería, said that the actions undertaken are based on more sustainable techniques, environment friendly and economically viable. As a result, the systems will generate more net income for the landowner at the end of the project compared to the initial situation while increasing CO2 fixation in the soil.

The aim is to integrate agroforestry and conservation practices in order to fight against climate change.

Among the participants, the Minister of Agriculture of the Embassy of the Netherlands has recalled "this kind of initiatives are very important to replicate now seeing that already there is an enhancement of this type of land. One reason for optimism, "argued Catharina Zwitser.

Professor Juan Pablo del Monte from UPM and coordinator of LIFE + Project, "Crops for better soil" explained that both projects seek to improve soil quality, therefore this common interest give the opportunity for the cooperation and organization of this event. He also mentioned that in the "Crops for better soil" project several agricultural techniques are used, such as crop rotation between legumes, oilseeds and cereals in order to provide a viable solution, without irrigation, to stop land degradation that are caused by the application of erosive agricultural practices.

In conclusion, there is a remarkable survival rate of the fruit and timber trees that were planted a year ago, in which some have mycorrhizal, in addition, good yields have been obtained from the agricultural crops (cereal, veza, peas, alfalfa, canola among others).