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The City of Lorca and the CIFE organize a free course to promote organic farming in the municipality (13/04/2011)

The Regional Employment Service and Training supports this training activity for industry professionals, to be held on 27 and 28 June.

Councillor for the Environment of the City of Lorca, Melchor Morales, this morning the basic course of organic farming, which the Consistory and taught CIFE 27 and June 28 from 16:00 to 21:00 hours in this training center, thanks to a grant from the Regional Employment Service and Training.

A maximum of 30 students farmers, technicians and other food industry professionals can register to this course of 10 hours, they will receive a certificate of attendance.

Professor Francisco Muñoz explain applicable regulations related to organic farming, organic farming advice and the process of conversion to this type of product.

Also explain the approved products to organic farming, management of the biological properties of soil (fertilization, organic matter management and green manure), and rotations, alternative crops and associations, with references to the management of natural vegetation.

Finally, the module will discuss the theoretical ground cover and weeds properties, in addition to systems management to control pests and diseases.

In addition, the course will practice application of beneficial insects in organic farming.

Organic farming is a sector that has experienced steady growth in recent years and contributes to the protection of our natural resources, biodiversity, animal welfare and sustainable development of rural areas.

Organic farming is an agricultural production system that provides consumers, fresh, tasty and authentic while respecting the life cycles of natural systems.

"For these reasons, the City Council want to encourage the empowerment of this type of agriculture in our municipality, as a source of employment," said Morales.

Organic farming is based on common practices designed to minimize human impact on the environment, while ensuring that the agricultural system function as natural as possible, using crop rotation as a prerequisite for the efficient use of resources in situ strict limits on the use of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, antibiotics for livestock, food additives and processing aids, and other inputs; prohibiting the use of genetically modified organisms, in addition to use in situ resources, such as manure fertilizer or animal feed produced on the farm.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Lorca

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