Agri-environmental project aimed at rebuilding healthy soil

16 Irish farms are launching an EU-funded project to rebuild healthy soils.

The project, supported by the European Innovation Partnership (EIP-AGRI), is being managed by the Tarm Beo Agricultural Enterprise.

“Soil Biodiversity Literacy and Development EIP project is to increase our biodiversity and return our feet to a healthy ground,” said Bridget Murphy, project coordinator.

The project includes a variety of land, enterprise and participatory farms, including horticulture, dairy, agriculture, woodland and agricultural forests.

Soil course

Due to the link between soil and water filtration and storage, Talmach Beo used water basins rather than districts to select project participants.

Each participating farmer participates in a course with some of the world’s leading scientists.

The organization said that this will not only improve their understanding of the function of the soil, but also provide practical knowledge on how to start a sleepy or degraded land.

Participants discuss and share their experiences in the KT team by experimenting and documenting technical and physical innovations on their farm.

Future generations

Joan Butler, a small-scale grower in Cote d’Ivoire, is one of the participants in the project.

“I know how important soil is. I want to be involved in this project to educate myself and my family. I want to protect my soil for future generations.”

Cork dairy farmer, who is involved in the project, says he has spent the past 30 years learning to feed grass – but now he wants to learn how to feed the soil.

“If we rely on imported fertilizers and fossils, we will not have food security.”

According to Tarham Beo, participants hope to reduce and / or eliminate artificial fertilizers after completing the project.

“Lighthouse Farms has the potential to light a new road.
Farmers are built on reduced resources, healthy soil and, in turn, healthy food, people, pockets and the planet, ”the group said.

Talam Beo believes the project could be a resource for local authorities, environmental networks, schools and colleges.

The announcement of the project coincides with this World Soil Day (Sunday, December 5)

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has highlighted the threat posed by global food security and warned that many countries still lack sufficient capacity for soil analysis.

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