Improving the productivity and quality of organically grown crops by using of new mineral-organic fertilizers
Total project financing: 99 315,12 EUR, of which financing of the Institute of Horticulture: 24 910,06 EUR
Aim of the project: To promote the development of organic farming in Latvia by using mineral-organic products of biological origin created in Latvia, ensuring the scientific substantiation for the obtained resultsand practical application.
Sub-Objective of the project is to obtain scientific and practical results on the efficiency of organic fertilizer developed in Latvia by using a data set obtained during the cultivation of different crops and by developing methods for increasing the yield quality and volume of organic farming.
During the project it is planned to test different recipes of mineral-organic preparations and to test their effect on different crops (for each crop, the fertilizer will be adapted to its growing requirements, such as N-P-K ratio, pH, etc.). The developed mineral-based preparations are intended to be tested on the following crops: grapes (grown in pots in a greenhouse and in the field), hemp (grown in the field) and highbush blueberries. GENERIS NPK 5-5-3, developed in Latvia and registered by the State Plant Protection Service (VAAD), will be usedas the basic fertilizer in the project, which will be enriched with various products of biological origin to meet the nutritional requirements of particular plant crops. The fertilizer contains processed by-products of plant origin, animal proteins, chemically untreated wood ash, mineral rocks, formulants of natural origin. The raw materials used meet the requirements of organic farming in accordance with EU Regulation 834/2007.
The project is co-financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).
More information on the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development available on the European Commission's website: http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/rural-development-2014-2020/index_lv.htm