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Agriculture in Dry Land Areas
Written by Dr. Juan Angel Larrinaga Mayoral   

Finished Projects

Project: Organic Tomato Harvest in Tepentú B.C.S.

Principal Researcher of the Project

Participants of the Project

CIBNOR researchers, Fundación Produce, Orgánicos de Tepentú, SAGARPA, and State Government of Baja California Sur

Participants of the Project

Brief Description of the Project

The project was approved by CIBNOR, Fundación Produce, Orgánicos de Tepentú, SAGARPA and State Government of Baja California Sur. This project started in July 2008 and obtained the first harvests in the beginning of December and April and from then on each 10 to 15 days high quality tomatoes are harvested.

Main Results Obtained

The main results of the project were developed in the agricultural area of Tepentú, Baja California Sur, where 5 to 15-year old students in the local school hostel, together with CIBNOR researchers from the Program of Agriculture in Dry Land Areas, and the company Orgánicos Tepentú learned to harvest organic tomato to improve their local economy. For such purpose, an organic lot was developed where nothing was sowed before and people used to cut trees to obtain coal for a living. The purpose was and still is to protect plant resources because many trees were lost in coal production.

Now, the children from the Tepentú school hostel and the community take care of the area and obtain resources in selling the tomatoes, making dry land agriculture more profitable. The study focused on teaching and learning, through scientific knowledge and traditional labor, the scientific foundations in monitoring soil nutrition, analyzing its effect in the plant, and carrying out weekly sampling to guarantee the quality of their products. Based on this collaboration dynamics, the children work basically in helping us and asking all types of questions on plant growth.

The children came along with us in the sampling, and in the field as part of their learning toward healthy food production in general, we explained to them how the plant absorbs the nutrients.  Basically, we succeeded in transmitting scientific and technical foundations in sowing in the desert, which allows high vegetable yields because of the necessary solar energy and humidity that favor the plant. The frequent contribution of low nutrients with the irrigation system makes agriculture have a systematized control on production and a uniformed quality harvest of its fruit in general.

Teaching the knowledge.

Benefits for Society

The results reached in this transfer exercise have consequently given benefits, which can be outlined in strengthening the people and their communities in starting profitable activities with low or no impact in local and available natural resources, improving local economy, and above all in managing sustainable agriculture with the commitment of producing high value and innocuous food in general.

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