The European Union, through its Life program, has given the green light to the project led by Galpagro “Life Resilience: Prevention of X. fastidiosa in intensive plantations of olive trees and almonds applying ecological farming practices”, a project that aims to achieve sustainable practices and productive for the prevention of Xylella Fastidiosa in the olive and almond plantations in intensive and high density.
The Cordoba company Galpagro will lead a series of actions with other entities adhering to the project that seek to find a sustainable solution to the problem of the Xylella Fastidiosa (XF) that affects different parts of Spain and that concerns the national producer sector.
Galpagro is part of a group of companies and organizations in the parts of Spain, is the University of Cordoba, Agrifood Communication, Agrodrone and National ASAJA, which thus becomes the first agricultural organization in Europe that manages to participate in a Life project to fight the Xylella Fastidiosa. In addition, the project counts on the participation of Nutriprado and SAHC-Sociedad Agrícola de Herdade do Charqueirao, S.A. in Portugal; and the Italian entities Gruppo Salov and Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche.
The main objective of this project, which has a total budget of close to three million euros, is a set of tools to improve performance. an infected plantation. Within its strategic line, Galpagro wants to demonstrate that the best sustainable practices and technologies can reduce water consumption and carbon footprint, increase biodiversity and resistance to pathogen particles without compromising performance; starting from a biological control of the vectors in the environment of the plantations. All the processes that will be carried out during the project of guidelines to increase the sensitivity of the system, quality and environmental sustainability.
Galpagro and the eight entities participating in this European program will provide a replicable model of the best practices for olive and almond trees, as well as other woody, citrus and vine crops in Europe, their greater capacity to adapt to climate change and future epidemics.