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Jalisco producers exchanged experiences to apply good livestock practices in their ranches
- The exchange took place within the framework of the Field Schools developed by the BioPaSOS project to promote climate-smart livestock in that Mexican state.
June 5, 2019. In order to promote and strengthen the capacities of cattle ranchers around the implementation and management of agro-forestry systems, on May 27, the project Biodiversity and Sustainable Silvo-pastoral Landscapes, known as BioPaSOS, implemented by CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center), carried out an exchange of experiences between cattle ranchers of the Field School (ECA, its Spanish acronym) of El Limón and the Indigenous Community of Jocotlán, in Jalisco, Mexico.
A total of 25 farmers and eight representatives of the institutions and organizations associated with the BioPaSOS project in the region participated in the exchange.
The activity began with a visit to two cattle ranches, where producers José Samuel García Zermeño, José Samuel García Robles and Raúl Santana Ortiz and family were the hosts. Both ranches developed field trips and group dynamics to strengthen the knowledge and organization of producer groups. In addition, interaction between the actors was promoted, which motivated them to generate opinions and share recommendations.
The exchange allowed the producers of the ECA of the Jocotlán Indigenous Community to learn about strategies for productive diversification through agro-forestry practices and technologies to capture and store rainwater, applied by producers in the Lower Ayuquila River Basin, through support promoted by the Emission Reduction Initiative of the state of Jalisco.
According to Juan Edduardo Betanzos, coordinator of the BioPaSOS project in Jalisco, through the exchange, producers will be motivated to adopt climate-smart livestock practices that contribute to the conservation of biodiversity, the maintenance and generation of ecosystem services and the improvement of the livelihoods of producer families.
The producers indicated that what most impacted them of the activity was to be able to identify in an experiential way the diversity of components and products that are generated of the agro-forestry systems; recognizing among them the crops, the production of fruits, fodder and wood of the arboreal and shrub component, and the cattle production in the same space under an integral management.
In addition, with regard to the rainwater harvesting system, producers recognized the benefits of the system, highlighting the storage capacity and the savings it represents for them not having to purchase and move water for the consumption of animals.
The participants concluded that the exchange of experiences will allow them to improve livestock production and agreed that the ECA methodology represents an opportunity to strengthen group organization and promote ventures for the benefit of livestock families in the region.
The organization of the exchange was supported by the Directorate of the Sierra de Manantlán Biosphere Reserve of the National Commission of Protected Natural Areas (DRBSM-CONANP, its Spanish acronym), the Inter-municipal Environmental Board for the Integral Management of the Lower Ayuquila River Basin (JIRA), the South Coast Inter-municipal Environmental Board (JICOSUR), the Town Councils of Villa Purificación and El Limón and the Cattle Association of El Limón.
In its implementation, the BioPaSOS project is supported by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), in coordination with the National Commission for Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO) and the Secretariat of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER); with funding from the International Climate Initiative (IKI).
Juan Edduardo Betanzos
Local Coordinator in Jalisco
Karla Salazar Leiva
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