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Producers, technicians and students from Chiapas receive talks on silvo-pastoral systems and animal productivity
- The BioPaSOS project gave them a lecture on silvo-pastoral systems and animal productivity
October 1, 2019. Through inter-institutional collaboration between the Autonomous University of Chiapas (UNACH, its Spanish acronym) and CATIE (Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center), the project Biodiversity and Sustainable Agro-silvopastoral Livestock Landscapes, known as BioPaSOS, held on September 23 a conference entitled Silvo-pastoral Systems and Animal Productivity, in which producers, technicians and students immersed in the livestock sector of the state of Chiapas, Mexico, participated.
The conference, given by Francisco Casasola, CATIE's specialist in sustainable livestock, showed participants the economic, social and environmental benefits generated through the implementation and development of silvo-pastoral systems.
Casasola mentioned that silvo-pastoral systems are a strategy for sustaining constant productivity and income throughout the year, regardless of the season. In addition, he indicated that having different species of trees (timber and fruit trees) increases productive diversity and there is greater food security for producers and their families.
Omar Gutiérrez, a cattle producer from Chiapas, commented that one of the reasons why silvo-pastoral systems have not been adopted and developed by Chiapas producers is due to the scarce accompaniment and advice they receive from extensionist technicians.
In addition, carbon specialist Deb Raj pointed out that there are multiple factors that have caused the low appropriation of silvo-pastoral systems, highlighting, among them, the lack of public policies that encourage the development of this type of practices and the high costs of implementation.
On the other hand, the students of the Agronomy in Environmental Livestock career at UNACH, stated that they were very happy to be able to participate in the conference, as this motivates them to develop research that contributes to the development of a more productive and environmentally friendly livestock.
The BioPaSOS project is implemented by CATIE, 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).
José Antonio Jiménez
Local Coordinator in Chiapas
Biodiversity and Sustainable Agrosilvopastoral Landscapes BioPaSOS