June 2, 2021. More than 20 producers from four Farmer Field Schools in the municipality of Champotón, Campeche, Mexico, met to exchange experiences and learn about the different livestock practices that are carried out on the ranch at km 7 of the Carrillo Puerto-Yojaltún highway, in order to learn these practices and implement them on their ranches.
The exchange took place on May 22 as part of the actions of the Biodiversity and Sustainable Agro-forestry and Livestock Landscapes project, known as BioPaSOS, as well as the Sustainable Livestock Agro-ecosystems Working Group of Campeche (AGS-CAM).
The host was the producer, Román Avila, who mentioned what a privilege it is for him to share some of the actions that have been developed on his ranch over the last three years, showing and sharing his farm plan.
As part of the exchange, an analysis of the implementation of the BioPaSOS project's Field Schools (FS) was conducted by Edwin Pérez, local coordinator of the project in Campeche, with the objective of informing producers of the process followed and the results obtained.
There was also a talk on the work of AGS-CAM, given by Fabiola Moreno, from the Secretariat of Rural Development (SDR, its Spanish acronym), and a talk on cooperativism and the importance of producer associations, given by Pablo Hernández, from El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR).
Afterwards, the producers toured the different areas of the ranch, where they learned about silage, lamb fattening, protein bank, live fences and linear plantations, management of paddocks with electric fences and the correct planting of a ramón tree, using sheep manure and moisture retainer.
During the tour, the producer families shared their experiences on their ranches and clarified their doubts regarding each of the practices observed. In addition, the difficulties encountered were analyzed and some questions were answered regarding the best way to establish and manage the different livestock practices shown. Pérez and Rodolfo Ávila, BioPaSOS project technician, provided technical advice.
The producer families recognized the importance of these exchange spaces to learn new ways of working and improve the productivity of their ranch, while conserving biodiversity.
Pérez explained that the exchange tour provided a space for producers to share ideas and experiences that they have developed on their ranches, in order to continue promoting agro-forestry systems and good livestock practices in an effort to promote sustainable livestock farming in Campeche.
Project BioPaSOS 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 Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRICULTURA), with funding from the International Climate Initiative (IKI) and in alliance with multiple local partners in their territories of intervention.
More information/written by:
Edwin Pérez Sánchez
Coordinador local, Campeche
Biodiversidad y Paisajes Agrosilvopastoriles Sostenibles (BioPaSOS)