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“SOIL STRUCTURE AND QUALITY IMPROVEMENT USING MICROORGANISMS. REDUCTION OF NITROGEN COMPOUNDS EMISSIONS, WHILE MAINTAINING THE PRODUCTIVITY OF PLANTS, USING TRACE ELEMENTS”

Under Lithuanian Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, Measure: Cooperation – Establishment of EIP action groups and developmemnt of their activities

Project objective:

In collaboration with consultants, research institutions and farmers, to carry out demonstration tests, which will be aimed at improving the quality of the soil and reducing nitrogen fertilizer use, without losing profitability and even increasing it. New generation of mikronutrient fertilizers and micro-organisms will be used in demonstration tests.

Project activities:

1. EIP operational group meetings;
2. Demonstration test systems – 11 partner farms will be equipped with demonstration tests.
3. The demonstration tests are performed, using a new generation of micronutrient fertilizers and micro-organisms, the use of which is expected to improve the quality of the soil, restore the humus content of the soil, reduce the use of nitrogen fertilizers and fertilizer costs, improve product quality, and economy will suffer less costs, increase profitability, improve soil quality and less polluting.
4. The test results are summarized and publicity material prepared
5. The results of the project are publicised and information disseminated

“DEVELOPEMENT OF COMPETENCES OF RURAL POPULATION”

Under Lithuanian Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, measure Knowledge transfer and information actions – Support for vocational training and acquisition of skills

 

Project objectives:

  • To motivate the rural population and farmers to integrate into lifelong learning processes and improve their competencies;
  • To impart knowledge to farmers, their partners, farm workers and other natural or legal persons engaged in the agricultural, food and forestry activities, micro and medium-sized companies, including craftsmen, to develop their skills by organizing training;
  • To encourage farmers and other rural residents in development and application of innovation in their holdings;
  • To increase viability and competitiveness of farmers‘ and other rural residents‘ economic activities, strengthening human resources and the introduction of advanced technologies;
  • To encourage farmers and other rural residents to effectively use resources, to move to climate-resilient low-carbon economy;
  • To train farmers and other rural residents to conserve biological diversity and increase it;
  • To encourage farmers and other rural residents to protect the environment and its sustainable development;
  • Information and training to apply the EU and national requirements for good agricultural condition, agri-environment and climate change;
  • To promote the preservation of agricultural ecosystems;
  • To teach the efficient use of resources and to promote the transition to a climate resilient low-carbon economy in the agricultural sector;
  • To improve competencies, allowing them to adapt to new market developments, and to promote the capacity to compete.

Main task – to hold 73 training courses from 3 programs:

  1. Sustainable farming
  2. Participation in environmental protection measures and their implementation
  3. Animal welfare (in the context of cross compliance requirements)

Project implementation period: January 1, 2016 – March 31, 2017

 

“IMPROVING FARMERS’ COMPETENCIES”

Under Lithuanian Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, measure Knowledge transfer and information actions – Support for vocational training and acquisition of skills

Project objectives:

  • To motivate the rural population, farmers and their partners to integrate into lifelong learning processes and improve their competencies;
  • To impart knowledge to farmers, their partners, farm workers and other natural or legal persons engaged in the agricultural, food and forestry activities and rural economic activity, micro and medium-sized companies, including craftsmen, and to develop their skills by organizing training;
  • To encourage farmers‘ and other rural residents‘ interested development and application of innovations in their holdings;
  • To increase the viability and competitiveness of farmers‘ and other rural residents‘ economic activities, strengthening human resources and introducing advanced technologies;
  • To encourage farmers and other rural residents in the effective use of resources, moving to climate-resilient low-carbon economy;
  • Training of farmers and other rural residents to conserve biological diversity and increase it;
  • To encourage farmers and other rural residents to protect the environment and its sustainable development;
  • To inform and train farmers to apply the EU and national requirements for good agricultural condition, agri-environment and climate change;
  • To promote the preservation of agricultural ecosystems;
  • To teach the efficient use of resources and to promote the transition to a climate resilient low-carbon economy in the agricultural sector;
  • To improve competencies, allowing them to adapt to new market developments, and to promote the capacity to compete.

The main task – to hold 143 training courses for 2,002 farmers and other rural residents

Project implementation period: January 1, 2017 – May 31, 2018.

 

“USE OF INTEGRATED PRECISION FARMING SYSTEM IN LOWERING PRODUCTIONS COSTS, RAISING PRODUCTIVITY AND IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF THE PRODUCE”

Under Lithuanian Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, measure Knowledge transfer and information actions – Support for demonstration projects and information actions

Principal objective – combining the knowledge, capabilities and experience of consultancy and farming businesses on the basis of scientific progress, to perform demonstration tests – establish an integrated precision farming system, covering crop monitoring, remote sensing and laboratory data analysis, plant diagnostic – agrochemical model and spectrographic instruments grouping in order to increase crop farm productivity, profitability, efficient use of resources and protection of biodiversity and the environment. The system combines a number of spatial (GIS and GPS), agrochemical, physical, spectrographic and information technology solutions, and will determine the amount of water, macro (nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium) and micro (iron, manganese, zinc, copper) elements within the plants, the spread and lack of nutritional elements in winter and spring rape, wheat, spring barley, winter triticale – crops at different stages of their growth periods, as early as possible and as accurately as possible, in order to determine the elements the plants are lacking. All this can be carried out remotely, by installing spectrographic instruments, which will help identify the chemical elements in the image of the plant. After processing the data, it will be known whether or not to fertilize crops, and, if necessary, what substances and in what quantities should be spread. In addition, the system will pinpoint risky crop areas, where changes in growth will be monitored.

Specific objective – to encourage farms to accelerate technological innovation and increase profitability. A smaller amount of fertilizer will help restore the weakened natural soil biological activity, while increasing the plants’ resistance to unfavorable conditions, which will increase production yields and decrease production costs.

Project implementation period: January 1, 2017 – March 31, 2018.

 

“APPLICATION OF MICROBIOLOGICAL PRODUCTS TO INCREASE VEGETABLE PRODUCTION AND PHYTOPATHOGEN RESISTANCE AND IMPROVE THE CONDITION OF THE SOIL ECOSYSTEM”

Under Lithuanian Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, measure Knowledge transfer and information actions – Support for demonstration projects and information actions

 

 The project’s principal objective – combining knowledge, capabilities and experience of consultants and farm businesses with scientific progress, perform demonstration tests addressing issues of biodiversity and ecosystem protection in arable land, problems of declining soil biological activity, restoring the balance of nutritional elements and promoting integrated plant protection products. Use of innovative microbiological products for vegetable production will yield stability assurance, quality improvement, production cost reductions while restoring, protecting and improving the soil ecosystem.

Specific objective – to encourage farms to introduce biotechnological innovations and increase profitability by reducing the use of chemical fertilizers and plant protection products. During the project, microbiological products enriched with bacteria and fungi will be integrated into the modern technologies of vegetable production,in order to  restore weakened natural soil biological activity, restore nutritional elements balance, increase plant resistance to adverse growing conditions, increase yields and reduce production costs.

Project implementation period: 2017 – 2018

 

“THE USE OF DAIRY FARM ECONOMIC POTENTIAL EVALUATION SYSTEMS IN ORDER TO REDUCE PRODUCION COSTS, INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY AND IMPROVE PRODUCTION QUALITY”

Under Lithuanian Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, measure Knowledge transfer and information actions – Support for demonstration projects and information actions

 Key objectives and tasks:

The project’s principal objective – combining the knowledge, capabilities and experience of consultants and farm businesses with and scientific progress to perform demonstration tests – to perform economic evaluation of the potential of dairy farms and make recommendations for maximum use of their economic potential in order to increase production efficiency, quality and reduce production cost.

Specific objective – to encourage farms to accelerate technological innovation and increase the profitability of dairy farms. Evaluating the economic potential will allow to identify the most cost-effective animals that produce large quantities of milk with a low somatic cell count, have long life span, high fertility levels, etc. Those animals can be selected for further breeding. It will also identify the animals that do not have a high genetic value, but can be used in other economically beneficial activities.  The offspring of such animals will not be bred in order to improve the economic performance of the herd. This will improve animal health, productivity, which will generate more revenue while not extending the herd i.e. increase the production quantity and quality, and decrease production costs.

Project implementation period: 2017-2018

 

 

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