Chiapas cattle ranchers trained in the production of natural dewormers
- Now producers have new deworming strategies for their animals and thus will stop relying on chemical inputs and decrease their use, reducing the residual effect of these on soil fauna.
August 7, 2019. As part of the capacity building process, through the Field Schools, the project Biodiversity and Sustainable Agro-silvo-pastoral livestock Landscapes, known as BioPaSOS, trained on August 2 producer families of the Biosphere Reserve La Sepultura (REBISE-CONANP), in Chiapas, Mexico, in the development of natural dewormers for their bovine animals.
The workshop was held at the ranch Las 2 Marías, owned by a cooperating producer, in the community of Ricardo Flores Magón, municipality of Villaflores, Chiapas. Its objective was to promote and use medicinal plants and local resources provided by the rural environment that can serve for the prevention, control and treatment of internal parasites in a sustainable manner.
In this way, the producers who participated in the training learned new and different ways to worm their animals without using many chemicals.
Guadalupe Tagua, who participates as part of the BioPaSOS technical team in Chiapas through the Building the Future Program, facilitated the workshop.
Fernando Cruz, a producer who participated, commented that de-worming with natural resources is a strategy that will allow them to de-worm their cows in milking and they will not have to withdraw the milk for five days, allowing the milk to be used for human consumption, or to make cheese or other products.
Similarly, Héctor Martínez, another participating producer, said that the use of dye deworming will help them reduce costs by no longer having to buy chemical dewormers, but it will also help prevent soil contamination and the death of the animals that live in it.
The participants thanked the BioPaSOS project for the support and advice it has given them to improve their production systems. In addition, they requested that this accompaniment continue, so that they can develop sustainable livestock in their ranches.
The BioPaSOS project is implemented by CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center), with the support of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), in coordination with the National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO, its Spanish acronym) and the Secretariat of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER, its Spanish acronym), with funding from the International Climate Initiative (IKI).
Producers making natural dewormers for their animals.
José Antonio Jiménez
Biodiversity and Sustainable Agro-silvopastoral Landscapes (BioPaSOS)
Karla Salazar Leiva
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