80 participants in Sustainable Agriculture courses
Last September, EIT Food offered different free courses to professionals in the agrifood sector. This courses teached the experts how to improve and innovate in livestock farms, while increasing its profitability, healthy and sustainable productions are achieved and the social and economic fabric of the Spanish countryside is supported. Those took place in Valencia, Zamora, Burgos and Huesca.
Free courses have been offered by EIT Food in Llombai (Valencia), Zamora, Medina de Pomar (Burgos) and Binéfar (Huesca).
Agriculture faces challenges such as respect for the environment, innovation or the promotion of employment in the sector, without losing sight of the objectives of profitability and optimization of the production model. Tackling it together is possible, although today the primary sector continues to demand information and training in order to do so. That is way, last September, EIT Food offered four independient free courses, under the name "Creciente Fétil" to professionals in the agrifood sector. This courses teached the experts how to improve and innovate in their farms, while increasing its profitability, healthy and sustainable productions are achieved and the social and economic fabric of the Spanish countryside is supported.
This body, whose headquarters for Southern Europe is in Spain, has offered this courses in Llombai (Valencia) the last 15th of september, in Zamora the last 27th of september, in Medina de Pomar (Burgos) the last 29th of september and in Binéfar (Huesca) this 1st of october. It has benn founded and coordinated with communitare founds and have hosted around 20 people at each one.
In these course, topics such as sustainability, innovation, increasing profitability and promoting the economy, rural societies as well as emplyment opportunities linked to the field have been discussed.
The courses, which were one day long, the principles of soil management and agricultural ecosystems, and how to enhance their production, based on optimal management of soils, vegetation, livestock, rain, hydrological cycles, cycles of carbon and other natural resources have been taught. These ones will have specialized training depending on the regions where they are taught. Thus, in Valencia they worked on how to improve the management of fruit trees. In Zamora they delved into extensive agriculture and livestock. In Burgos they talked about crops and design in Línea Clave. And in Binéfar they focused on the cultivation of fruit trees.
In the morning the course was successfully developed in a classroom and in the afternoon in a local farm, to learn about real experiences in which sustainable management techniques are being implemented.
Having a global vision about on theory and practice has made the course much more comprehensive and people have beein very satisfied.
Also, we would like to thank Alberto Perez Roldán, Miguel Angel Gómez Tenorio, Ruben Borge, José Luis García de Castro and Argi Intxausti for their excellenct work.