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Promotion of silvo-pastoral systems and good livestock husbandry practices in sheep production in Campeche, Mexico.
- The exchange was promoted by the BioPaSOS project and Fondo Para La Paz in the state of Campeche, Mexico.
September 6, 2021. The exchange of experiences on silvo-pastoral systems and good livestock practices in sheep production, which involved 12 local producers and promoters, took place last August as part of the actions of the Biodiversity and Sustainable Agro-forestry and Livestock Landscapes project, known as BioPaSOS, in alliance with the civil organization Fondo Para La Paz.
The welcome was given by Román Ávila, who explained in general terms the history of the ranch where the activity took place, located in Carrillo Puerto-Yojaltún, Mexico.
The field coordinator of Fondo Para La Paz, Raymuldo Zepahua, thanked the support provided by the BioPaSOS project for the development of the event. During his speech he mentioned the different projects currently being promoted by the foundation in the field of rural development, specifically in food security, water management and work with women and small producers in communities in the municipality of Calakmul, as well as in several states of the Mexican Republic.
Edwin Pérez, coordinator of the BioPaSOS project in Campeche, mentioned the importance of these events as part of the strategies to promote and disseminate the benefits of silvo-pastoral systems and good livestock practices, both economically, socially and environmentally. He also mentioned the strengthening of alliances between the different stakeholders involved as a fundamental element for developing sustainable livestock farming.
The producers participating in the event recognized the importance of these opportunities for exchange to learn about new ways of working. One of the participants, María Olivia Castillo, said: "This visit is very useful because I have cleared up many of the doubts I had". Israel Arévalo, also a producer, said: "This year I will begin to ensile and with what I have seen today I already have the elements to do so".
Perez highlighted the main objective of the tour, which was to create opportunities for sharing and exchanging ideas and experiences developed by the producers, as well as the importance of strengthening ties and cooperation among the participating institutions.
The tour was developed in the areas of silage, fattening, protein bank, live fences and linear plantations, as well as in the management of paddocks with electric fences and corn for silage.fences and corn for silage.
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
Local Coordinator, Campeche
Biodiversity and Sustainable Agro Silvo-pastoral Livestock Landscapes (BioPaSOS)