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LACTIS project shares methodologies on pastures, silage and biofertilizers on Costa Rican livestock farms

  • These practices promote the sustainable intensification of dairy farms in the area of Los Chiles, San Carlos.

October 25, 2021. On pilot farms of the Sustainable Dairy Intensification Project (LACTIS) in Los Chiles, San Carlos, Costa Rica, a workshop was held in October in which technicians and producers related to the livestock sector shared different good practices that contribute to the sustainable intensification of dairy farms, such as pasture management and the preparation of silage and biofertilizers to conserve forage and maintain pastures.

The purpose of the workshop was to contribute to the development of a public-private cooperation platform for sustainable intensification of the dairy sector in Latin America and the Caribbean. In Costa Rica, the LACTIS Project is implemented by CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) and the National Institute for Innovation and Transfer of Agricultural and Livestock Technology (Instituto Nacional de Innovación y Transferencia en Tecnología Agropecuaria) (INTA). This project is currently in the implementation, monitoring and evaluation phase of improvements on pilot farms in northern Costa Rica, focusing on milk production systems in the humid tropical zone.

"These improvements are expected to contribute to the productive and socioeconomic indicators of nutrient use efficiency and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The process of implementing the practices and methodologies is carried out with the participation of technicians and neighboring producers so that they can learn about their establishment, management and impact, which is expected to be adopted by other producers," explained Andrés Vega, LACTIS project technician and CATIE researcher.

Michael Cordero, a technician from the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG, its Spanish acronym) in Costa Rica, said that these kind of activities focused on capacity building for the sustainability of livestock systems are important because they help producers make the right decisions to improve their productive, reproductive, economic, social and environmental indexes; they also help conserve and preserve the diversity of ecosystems, together with the use of important practices for productive control, such as pasture management and the generation of biofertilizers.

According to Sandra Carballo, a livestock producer, learning about different practices, such as silo production, will allow many producers to have food resources for critical periods of low pasture production, and the generation of biofertilizers will allow them to increase the quality of their pastures, offering a better diet to their animals while improving soil quality.  

The LACTIS project is supported by the Regional Agricultural Technology Fund (FONTAGRO, its Spanish acronym,) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

 

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Andrés Vega
Researcher