Producers of the BioPaSOS project field schools in Jalisco exchange experiences
- The exchange took place in the indigenous community of Jocotlán, municipality of Villa Purificación, Jalisco, Mexico
October 4, 2019. In order to strengthen their capacity in the area of silvo-pastoral systems, livestock producers participating in the Field Schools of the Biodiversity and Sustainable Agro-silvopastoral Livestock Landscapes project, known as BioPaSOS, of CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) participated on September 26 in an exchange of experiences between the communities of El Limón, Jocotlán, La Meza and Juan Gil. The organization of the event had the support of the partner institutions of the project in Jalisco, adding a total of 50 participants during the development of the activity.
The exchange was hosted by the producer families who are members of the Jocotlán Indigenous Community Field School. They made several field trips through the plots of producers who have implemented and adopted good livestock practices.
The exchange was also attended by staff from the Intermunicipal Environmental Board for the Integrated Management of the Lower Ayuquila River Basin (JIRA), the South Coast Inter-municipal Environmental Board (JICOSUR, its Spanish acronym), representatives of municipalities and producers of four Field Schools.
According to Edduardo Betanzos, local coordinator of the BioPaSOS project in Jalisco, the exchange of experiences promotes the adoption of good livestock practices through the observation of agro-silvopastoral systems established, in this case, in the South Coast region. "This type of system contributes to the conservation of biodiversity, the maintenance and generation of ecosystem services and the improvement of the livelihoods of producer families," said Betanzos.
The protagonists of the exchange, that is t say, the host families, were convinced of the benefits of the agro-forestry systems they have established on their land. "This motivates them and the rest of the producers to continue improving their productive system, following the recommendations and proposals that arise in this type of exchange," said Betanzos.
During the exchange, there was also a practice of reproduction of mountain microorganisms by Rodolfo González, extensionist in the Amulade mountain region of the Secretariat of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER, its Spanish acronym). This peasant technique allows the reproduction of microorganisms to improve nutrient recycling, soil fertility and detoxification.
The participants concluded that the exchange of experiences allowed them to get to know livestock landscapes different from those found in the Sierra de Amula region, in addition to sharing practices to improve livestock production.
More information/written by:
Juan Edduardo Betanzos Simon
Local Coordinator in Jalisco