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LIFE Farm, Fresh Fruit

Reference: LIFE18 ENV/ES/000349 | Acronym: LIFE - F3

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

BACKGROUND

Pesticide residues are the most important food-related concern for EU citizens, and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) announced that more than 97.4% of food products contain pesticide residues. Thus, reducing the use of pesticides in fruit production is a major global societal challenge and it is in line with EU Directive 2009/128/EC, demanding integrated pest management, as well as with Directive 2016/2031/EC, which requires that a proportionate and effective response to plant health threats is established through a combination of technological, ecological and institutional management. Still, pesticide overuse is widespread and imprecise application causes serious health problems and dangerous pest resistance. Large parts of conventional spraying equipment are still highly inefficient, with over 50% of pesticides not reaching the target organisms. Instead they contaminate the environment, with considerable negative effects for biodiversity, bees, bystanders, and the ecosystem as a whole. Recent Air Blast H3O sprayers, on the other hand, allow precise treatments according to vegetation characteristics and other parameters, which translates into reductions in pesticides use of around 25%.


OBJECTIVES

The LIFE - F3 project aims to demonstrate the implementation of Pulverizadores FEDEs highly-efficient advanced pesticide sprayer and computer cloud technology in a Spanish vineyard and a Portuguese olive plantation, to achieve reductions in the use of biocidal products and/or pesticides by over 25% compared to standard pesticide application methods.

Specifically, the project also aims to: 1) reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions produced in vineyards and olive plantations with the use of FEDEs innovative Air Blast H30 spraying technology, which precisely adapts to field zone and plant conditions. This adaption lowers the amount of air used as a transport vehicle and, consequently, it lowers the power consumed by the sprayer, reflected in lower tractor fuel consumption; 2) transnationally replicate the demonstration to obtain significant positive environmental impacts at global level, through a newly-created dealer certification programme that allows machinery dealers to quickly learn to set up and support digital precision agriculture machinery and services. Success metrics are to have at least three certified dealers outside of Spain and Portugal and three agricultural exploitations using LIFE-F3 technology at project end; and 3) make LIFE-F3 sustainable in the long-term for all project partners. For the agricultural partners ELAIA and VERA this will be through financial savings due to pesticide and fuel consumption reductions. For the distribution partners MOZ and VIBASA, as well as for the technology innovator partner FEDE, sustainability will be reached via margins on related technology sales. Success metrics are to have financial sustainability demonstrated for each partner at project end backed by solid financial data.


RESULTS

Expected results:

  • reduction of the amount of biocidal products and/or pesticides used with respect to current practices, as well as reductions in the amount of tractor fuel and water used for spraying operations;
  • the novel air-conducting design of the Air Blast H30 sprayers axialfan reduces noise pollution by 15 dBA;
  • over 1 331 tonnes of pesticides saved by 2022; and
  • 345 980 L of diesel fuel saved.
  • ADMINISTRATIVE DATA


    Reference: LIFE18 ENV/ES/000349
    Acronym: LIFE - F3
    Start Date: 01/09/2019
    End Date: 31/12/2022
    Total Budget: 1,172,994 €
    EU Contribution: 622,347 €
    Project Location:

    CONTACT DETAILS


    Coordinating Beneficiary: Pulverizadores Fede S.L.U
    Legal Status: PCO
    Address: Poligono Castilla, vial 3. Parcela 61F 61G, 46380, Cheste, España
    Contact Person: Lars Torsten BERGER
    Email: euh2020@fedepulverizadores.com
    Tel: 34962510369
    Website: http://www.fedepulverizadores.com/?lang=en


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    ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES ADDRESSED

    THEMES

    • Agriculture - Forestry
    • Savings

    KEYWORDS

    • environmental impact of agriculture
    • energy saving
    • noise reduction
    • agricultural pollution
    • air transportation
    • pest control

    TARGET EU LEGISLATION

    • Directive 2000/53 - End-of life vehicles (18.09.2000)
    • Directive 2009/128/EC - A framework for Community action to achieve the sustainable use of pesticides (21.10.2009)

    BENEFICIARIES

    Name Type
    MOZ(Tractores e Maquinas Agricolas de Estremoz, S.A.), Portugal Participant
    VIBASA(VIDAL Y BASOLS, S.A.), Spain Participant
    VERO(VIÑAS DEL VERO SAU), Spain Participant
    ELAIA(Elaia Monte do Outeiro, S.A.), Portugal Participant

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