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Cutting grasses established on cattle ranches in Chiapas
- The BioPaSOS project trained livestock producers in the establishment of cut grasses to produce grass in the dry season.
July 30, 2019. Through the accompaniment through Field Schools, the project Biodiversity and Sustainable Agro-silvopastoral Landscapes, known as BioPaSOS, has strengthened the capacities of farming families of the Biosphere Reserve La Sepultura (REBISE-CONANP), in Chiapas, Mexico, teaching them to improve their production systems. In order to do this, producers recently learned to establish cut grasses as a strategy to produce food for their animals in the dry season.
"This good practice will promote the development of sustainable cattle ranching in Chiapas because it will allow cattle families to free up grazing areas with steep slopes, increase meat and/or milk production, and prevent animals from walking long distances to get their food," said José Antonio Jiménez, local coordinator of the BioPaSOS project in Chiapas.
The training was given by Jiménez, together with David Galdámez, BioPaSOS project technician, and Marco Antonio Moguel, HEIFER International Rural Entrepreneurs project technician.
Mileydi Camacho, a producer from the Los Catorce Field School in the community of Ricardo Flores Magón, commented that it is important for her to know feeding strategies, such as cutting grass, in order to prevent her animals from losing weight and/or dying during the dry season.
Similarly, Noé Alvarez, of the California Field School, indicated that with the establishment of cut grasses they will be able to feed their animals in quantity and quality throughout the year.
Galdámez thanked the participants and commented that there is no doubt that this training will obtain favorable results for the development of sustainable livestock in Chiapas.
The BioPaSOS project is implemented by CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center), with the support of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), in coordination with the National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO, its Spanish acronym) and the Secretariat of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER, its Spanish acronym), with funding from the International Climate Initiative (IKI).
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José Antonio Jiménez
Biodiversity and Sustainable Ago-Silvopastoral Landscapes (BioPaSOS)