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Tuesday, 09 July 2013 00:00

Experts prove the efficiency of conservacion agriculture and tillage system

Rodolfo Gil Rodolfo Gil

Rodolfo Gil, National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA) of Argentina, looks at the success stories in the Andean country and encourages Spanish farmers to abandon tilling

Convert a rocky ground in Palma del Rio, the Russian steppe or arid pampas of Argentina over a highly productive agricultural area is no longer the illusion of some to become a reality thanks to conservation agriculture, direct sowing and plant genetics. In short, thanks to the technological and scientific transfer from research on agriculture. The abovementioned examples are just some of those used by Rodolfo Gil, a researcher at the National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA) of Argentina and one of the foremost experts on conservation agriculture, at the inaugural conference of the Conference on Soil Conservation organized by ceiA3 and held in Room Mudejar at the Rectorate of the University of Cordoba. This consisted on a lecture in which the scientist has reviewed one by one the advantages of abandoning the traditional tillage system and implementing a system based on the model of sustainable agriculture, effective resource management, using the till and cover crops and, above all, using technology and the knowledge generated in agricultural research centers.

In this sense, Rodolfo Gil highlighted that "technological change is not produced by researchers but farmers when they take and apply the knowledge generated by the first". In his conference, Gil has called the alliance between farmers and agronomists to move into the country, what has already been successfully proved in the laboratory test.

According to data provided by Rodolfo Gil and evidence collected in Argentina and other Latin American countries, the abandonment of tillage and the use of no-till and cover crops have improved agricultural productivity significantly improving the quality of soils and using water and nutrients more effectively.

The Soil Conservation seminars have brought together ceiA3 farmers and experts, promoting the exchange of information between the two groups. They were inaugurated by the general coordinator of ceiA3, Justo P. Castaño; the deputy representative of Government, Juan José Primo Jurado, the delegate of Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment, Francisco José Zurera, Alderman of Nature, Rafael Jaen, and the director of the Institute of Sustainable Agriculture, José Alfonso Gomez.

The conference will be fully available shortly at in www.ceia3.es

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