Biotechnological solutions: Towards sustainable and productive organic farming
Biotechnological solutions: Towards sustainable and productive organic farming
As a result of conventional farming practices applied during the past few decades, the level of organic substitutes in soil has drastically reduced, which had a negative impact on land productivity. This has brought about the excessive accumulation of mineral salts, thus affecting soil microflora and resulting in land degradation.
The project plans to promote organic farming practices through introduction of a foliar feeding organic nutrient as an effective and low-cost alternative to chemical fertilizers. As per the proposed technology it is envisaged to produce an organic liquid fertilizer/bio-stimulator out of manure and provide it to the cultivated crops through a leaf feeding. Bioliquid is a complex compound of fulvic and humic acid salts and micro elements, which is generated through technological processing of dry manure and its ash mixture.
This pilot initiative intends to produce and distribute the above-mentioned fertilizer to farmers located communities of Aragatsotn, Shirak, Lori, Gegharqunik, Kotayk, Vayots Dzor and Syunik regions.
It is planned to establish a centralized production, however, the collection and initial cultivation of manure will be held in 3 different regions, where the rawmills will be installed. The initial scheme of crop cultivation includes 15 ha of vineyards including different grape species, 20 ha of various fruit trees, 10 ha of vegetable crops, 5 ha of potato and 50 ha of wheat and other grain crops. Overall, the newly introduced organic nutrient will be tested through foliar feeding technique on 28 different crop species. The predefined pilot areas include mostly individual and cooperative farms involved in the EU-funded ?The European Neighborhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development? (ENPARD) project. The proposed project will complement the activities implemented by ENPARD aimed at leading to increase in farmers? income, and application of improved land management and environmental control.
 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
ECO-PLANT Agricultural Development NGO
Country:
Armenia
Area Of Work:
CapDev
Land Degradation
Operational Phase:
Phase 5
Grant Amount:
US$ 36,653.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 54,100.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 10,020.00
Project Number:
ARM/SGP/OP5/Y6/STAR/LD/17/47
Start Date:
3/2017
End Date:
9/2018
Status:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Replication of project activities
Given that the proposed organic nutrient is an effective and low-cost alternative to the chemical fertilizers, the project will establish a solid basis for replication and scale-up of the technique of feeding plants at community, regional and state levels.
Emphasis on Sustainable Livelihoods
It is expected that the practical application of the foliar feeding organic nutrient in pilot farmlands will result in about 20% increase in yield, which will have a significant impact on the improvement of local livelihoods. The testing results will be measured, verified and reported through a participatory monitoring and evaluation activities, with direct involvement of the project beneficiates and stakeholders.
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Indicators
Empowerment
Number of value added labels/certifications/quality standards received or achieved 1
Biophysical
Hectares of land sustainably managed by project 100
Biophysical
Number of innovations or new technologies developed / applied 1
Livehood
Number of households who have benefited* from SGP project 50

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Mr. Karen Minasyan
Phone: +374 94 73 99 72
Email: kerrakoll@yandex.ru
 

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Ms. Svetlana Harutyunyan
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