Growers worldwide are increasingly confronted with, pressure on natural resources like soil, water and biodiversity. They need to achieve high yields, while also taking care of the environment. These two aims are often thought to be mutually exclusive – but growers know that sustainable practices can go hand-in-hand with agriculture using modern technologies. To demonstrate this, we’ve brought together growers to form the Interra Farm Network, which helps NGOs, students, decision-makers and other farmers get first-hand insights into sustainable practices through on-farm demonstrations and farm tours. For visitors, seeing is believing on the farm.
Our Interra Farm Network showcases farms that integrate the safe and effective use of crop protection products with environmental and conservation practices. As our partners on this initiative, growers share knowledge of their working farm and allow groups of visitors to tour their land to experience sustainable productive agriculture for themselves. For example, visitors to an Interra Farm can see wildflower margins and count the number of bee species present. Nearby, they can examine a Heliosec device collecting pesticide waste for safe disposal and learn about safety equipment for handling pesticides and treated seed.
The eight farms in our network are in Belgium, Portugal, Poland, Czech Republic, Italy, Hungary and Morocco and are of different sizes, productions and environmental characteristics. More than 4,000 people have visited the farms to learn about sustainable agriculture and safe use practices.