The Plenary of the Consell has approved a collaboration agreement between the Ministry of Agriculture, Environment, Climate Change and Rural Development and the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) for the development of a research project and experimentation of agroecological strategies for the management of biodiversity and implementation of the transfer and demonstration of this type of models in organic agriculture in Valencia.

It is about facilitating the transition to a new productive model through the search of the improvement of the agricultural biodiversity in the ecological sector, its function or effect in the biological control, and studies tending to improve and apply other sustainable and compatible biotechnical methods with European regulations on organic farming, launching new techniques to obtain new practices, as well as their transfer and dissemination.

The agreement is endowed with 150,000 euros and is valid until December 31, 2018.

Both parties have an interest in the development of this research and experimentation project, since “the use and abuse of conventional chemical pesticides has had serious consequences, such as toxic residues, development of resistance, explosions of secondary pests and, in general, problems of toxicity “.

Sources from the Generalitat Valenciana indicated that, “in response to these problems, the need arises both to change pesticide application strategies and to develop efficient and clear strategies in an agro-ecological pest management”.

Via | Agrodiario.