The WEPR project supporting ecological agricultural production in Mazovia, started in 2021, have been completed.
The aim of the project, led by Łukasiewicz – Institute of Aviation, was to develop methods for neutralizing factors that have a negative impact on the quality of crops as well as on the ecological and aesthetic values of vegetation in Mazovia. The works were carried out for two areas located in Gmina Błędów (Grójec county), covering the towns of Ignaców and Oleśnik.
– The project is the result of creating a kind of innovation ecosystem for ecological orcharding. Thanks to this, it was possible to cooperate with R&D units, local governments and technology recipients – fruit growers from Gmina Błędów. In the project we used data obtained from aerial photography missions which combined with reference data in the form of soil samples provided us with unique and comprehensive information on the condition of the soil, in particular on the content of pesticides – says Marcin Spiralski, project manager.
As part of the work, recommendations on sustainable fertilization, practices conducive to maintaining soil quality and the proper use of plant protection products were developed. It is a practical element of implementing the assumptions of the so-called Green Deal, which aims to achieve climate neutrality by the European Union by 2050.
A map portal for farmers
The tool developed within the project is a website with a spatial information system that provides access to all the data studies obtained during the project. The web portal also includes weather data and free satellite images (Sentinel).
The map portal is available at: https://wepr.pl.
The system is a prototype that can be expanded in the future and support the decision-making process in orchard management on a local and regional scale.
About the WEPR project
The leader of the “Support for Ecological Agricultural Production in Mazovia” project (WEPR – Wsparcie Ekologicznej Produkcji Rolnej na Mazowszu) was Łukasiewicz – Institute of Aviation. The project was implemented with the support of a scientific consortium consisting of the Institute of Cultivation, Fertilization and Soil Science – National Research Institute in Puławy (IUNG) and the Institute of Horticulture – National Research Institute in Skierniewice (IO). The project was implemented with the support of the Gmina Błędów and the “Polska Natura” cluster.
The project was carried out in 2021-2022 and was financed from the budget of the Mazowieckie Voivodeship, and the total budget of the project was PLN 785,000 00.
For more information, please visit the website of the Department of Digitization, Geodesy and Cartography of the Marshal’s Office of the Mazowieckie Voivodeship in Warsaw: https://geodezja.mazovia.pl/projekty/wepr/wspiera-ekologiij-produkcji-rolnej.html.
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