AGENSO proudly announces that will participate in 2 new European Horizon 2020 projects. The NOVATERRA and AgroFossilFree projects will focus on the sustainable use of pesticides and the use of fossil fuels in agriculture accordingly, and will begin on 1st of October 2020.
NOVATERRA project aims to reduce the use and negative impacts of contentious plant protection products (PPP) for integrated pest, disease and weed management in the two main Mediterranean crops in Europe: grapevines and olives. NOVATERRA will develop a pool of novel, integrated and sustainable strategies, technically and economically viable, resulting from three different approaches: a) to develop novel combinations of alternative, non-synthetic products and biological control techniques for plant protection, b) to optimize the application and dosage of PPP through smart farming technologies and c) to mitigate the appearance of pest and diseases through the use of new soil management strategies. In NOVATERRA project, 19 partners from Italy, Portugal, Greece, Spain, France, Belgium and Italy will collaborate with each other for fullfilling the main aim.
Aim of AgroFossilFree project is to create a framework under which critical stakeholders will cooperate to evaluate and promote currently available fossil-energy-free strategies and technologies (FEFTS) in EU agriculture to diminish in the short term and eliminate in the long run fossil fuels use in any farming process from cradle to farm gate, while maintaining yield and quality of the end-product. Such a framework will contribute in closing the gap between the available FEFTS either commercial or from applicable research results with the everyday EU agricultural practices by promoting effective exchange of novel ideas and information between research, industry, extension services and the farming community. In this way, the existing research and commercial solutions can be widely communicated, while capturing grassroots level needs and innovative ideas from the farming and related industry communities, for helping in the development of new projects and solutions.
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