PROSOILplus, a farmer-led participatory research initiative, will support an existing farmer network, to act locally, to inspire regional farmer groups. The remit is to safeguard soil and optimise nutrient use efficiency on livestock farms.
The project will support farmers to work together to develop innovative soil management practices, linked to research activities for scientific validation.
The aim is to increase the profitability and resilience of the agricultural supply chain by developing and adapting innovative soil management practices and technologies pan-Wales.
The PROSOILplus project will address five focus areas linked to soil:
Managing and protecting landscapes
Conserving and enhancing biodiversity; mitigating climate change
Managing soils to help conserve carbon stocks and reduce erosion
Supporting co-operative work that requires technology change
Reducing water surface run-off and managing water to help reduce flood risk
The PROSOILplus project will comprise an existing pan-Wales farmer network of six participatory research (PR) farmers, established in 2009 as part of the PROSOIL project. These pioneering PR farmers will be instrumental in cascading the benefits and inspiring participatory research among other farmers, providing a peer-to-peer mechanism of integrated knowledge exchange. The PR farmer network will act at a local level, through six regional farmer groups (each with approximately 8-10 members), to develop a new joint project. This network of regional farmer groups will work together to create the generation of new farming practices, and the adaptation of existing agricultural technologies, pan-Wales.
This project has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities - Rural Development Fund Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.