Who are we ?
The Chamber of agriculture of Charente-Maritime (CA17) belongs to the network of the Chambers of agriculture which is, since the years sixty, an important factor in the national policy of the agricultural development. With one Chamber of agriculture for each department and for each region, it has become one of the main technical advice actors, with the farm cooperatives network. The management of the inputs – fertilization and plants protection – is a common topic of advice among all the Chambers of agriculture. Close to their territory, the Chambers of agriculture conducts many activities about fertilization management: personalized advices for the farmers, training sessions, experiments at field with farmers’ collectives…
Why participating to Nutri2Cycle ?
The CA17 is very much involved in the fertilization management:
As a member of COMIFER, a non-profit association created in 1980 to be the national center of encounter and dialogue for all individuals or organizations involved with the science and technology relating to sustainable fertilization.
Since 1990, the CA17 has strongly increased its action in the field of the effluents recycling and return to the soil of the organic matter within the Chambers’ sub-network of experts in agronomic recycling for biological wastes or effluent:
In the context of the project of European regulation about the fertilizers, the CA17 proposed to join the H2020 project “Nutri2cycle” as a representative of the know-how of the French Chambers of agriculture in nutrient recycling.
Our involvement in N2C ?
In the project designing, it seemed to us that the best we could offer was our field experience and our relationship with farmers. That’s why we decided to act in the project in the works “Agrotechnical research”, “theory to action” and “Communication and community management”.
We were proposed to participate at first to the research line “Innovative soil, fertilization and crop management systems & practices for enhanced N, P efficiency and increased soil OC content” with two kinds of farm: an organic orchard farm and a farm combining livestock and agroforestry.
So we got in touch in our territory with:
to make them participating to the project.
Finally as our both proposals of farm in France have their own organic effluents to manage, our expected results will be added too in the research line “Biobased fertilizers and soil enhancers from agriculture residues”.
Our first works
As we agreed with the farmers, we started our monitoring work for the 2018/2019 crop year. We began with the effluents and soils characterization and we tried to monitor via remote sensing. On November 8, 2019 we organized a presentation event of the first results about the farm with geese breeding and agroforestry – the farm « EARL Manicot » : an open day called “Innov’action”, for the farmers, the others rural stakeholders and, to a lesser extent, the general public. The day was organized with three animation workshops focused on the circular economy: “Feed the soil in economy Circular: Nutri2Cycle project” and “Agroforestry in Charente-Maritime: fixing carbon and energy on the farm” by the CA17 and “Heating with wood: renewable energy on the farm” by the Regional Center for Sustainable Energies.
During the afternoon, an intervention was made by Mr. Luc SERVANT, President of the Chamber of Agriculture with representatives of local authorities about farming and circular economy. About sixty people came to discover the farm and its activities.