Date: June 2016
Language: Spanish with English Subtitles
The second ADAPTA video features Dr. Joaquín Chong of the University of Puerto Rico and farmer Duamed Colón of AgroTropical, who uses innovative and sustainable techniques being used to build soil health and battle pests on a plantain and vegetable farm in Gurabo, Puerto Rico. Duamed is using a legume cover crop (Canavalia ensiformis) to increase organic matter, improve soil health, and reduce erosion and herbicide use.
ADAPTA | Climate Resilient Agriculture: Plantains & Vegetables
Plantains & Vegetables Second video of the ADAPTA series developed by the Caribbean Climate Hub, which features innovative and sustainable techniques being used to build soil health and battle pests on a plantain and vegetable farm in Gurabo.
Unfortunately, climate models are predicting more of these boom- bust rainfall cycles, with more extreme droughts expected. However, there are measures that farmers can take to reduce the impacts of drought and increased temperatures!
The video explains how in the case of this farm located in the Agricultural Experiment Station in Gurabo, cover plants reduce the use of herbicide by 85 percent, and reduces by 70 percent the use of fungicide to control the black sigatoka that It is a fungus that attacks the leaves and reduces the yield of the banana. “When farmers do soil conservation practices, such as the use of covers, organic matter, recycling of nutrients, compost, what they do is better soil life. And when you improve the life of the soil, little by little you create resilience to climate change, “explained Dr. Joaquin A. Chong of the University of Puerto Rico who also participates in the video.
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