Code:
ATN/RF-18077-RG
Initiative:
Call for Proposals
Other agencies:
USD 200.000
Counterpart Amount:
USD 312.940
Execution time
36 Months
Total Amount:
USD 512.940
Participating countries:
Uruguay Uruguay Argentina Argentina Costa Rica Costa Rica United States United States
Funding source:
Other agencies 39% Counterpart Amount 61%

Executive Summary

Harvested Forage in the production systems of Latin America and the Caribbean is very low in relation to their potential. In tropical areas, such as Costa Rica, the production of dry matter (DM) of the main forage species ranges between 10 and 25 t DM / ha / year, but on average the animals consume less than 45 % of the available pasture. In temperate zones, such as Uruguay, forage production on average is 4.5 t DM / ha / year, when the potential is at least 10 t DM / ha / year. In Argentina it is estimated that between 2 and 4 t DM / ha / year are harvested, while the potential is up to 15 t DM / ha / year. Improving the production and consumption levels of grass on the farm requires easily adopted grazing management technologies that allow optimizing the use of grass in quantity and quality throughout the year. The objective of this project is to improve the self-sufficiency and sustainability of livestock production by increasing the grass harvest produced on family farms in Uruguay, Argentina and Costa Rica by at least 30 % through the use of drones and decision support platforms. The development of this technology implies the implementation of a resident service in the cloud, accessible via web or app, that collects information from each farm (users), processes it, develops management indicators, and visualizes grazing decisions. The proposed solution aims to: a) simplify and optimize the decision-making in real time of the sequence of paddocks to be grazed, the necessary subdivisions, the required grazing time, the area to be harvested mechanically and the optimal date for doing what; and b) automate biomass measurement by using easily adopted remote measurement devices.

The technological solution

Implement a resident service in the cloud, user friendly, and accessible via web with a browser or through an app for computers and smartphones, which with the use of drones and simulation models allow optimizing the management of paddocks and increasing forage production.

Results

One of the first results of this project, and the starting point for achieving the other goals, is to generate a virtual innovation platform to connect researchers, advisors and producers of the countries that are part of the project (Uruguay, Argentina and Costa Rica). The main goal of this platform is to exchange methodologies and information among researchers, technicians and producers who are leaders in the field of pasture management.
As a second result, a web tool (AgTech solution) has been generated, a Decision Support System (DSS) for grazing and stocking, resident in the cloud. This tool allows real-time decisions to be made on the sequence of paddocks, area to be grazed or for stocking.
The on-farm validation of the Agtech solution, after 12 months of using the tool, is expected to result in a 30% increase in pasture harvest to improve the self-sufficiency and sustainability of pastoral livestock and dairy production on family farms in Uruguay, Argentina and Costa Rica.
The final stage of this project will be to develop a device for remote measurement of available pasture biomass that can be easily adopted by producers, for which a consensus protocol will be developed to quantify the available biomass on a weekly basis, using drones.

Beneficiaries

  • Direct beneficiaries: 200 producers and technicians in Uruguay, Argentina and Costa Rica.
  • Indirect beneficiaries: 4.000 farmers will have access to new technologies developed through knowledge transfer and dissemination. 

Sustainable Development Goals

No poverty Zero Hunger Gender equality Decent work and economic growth Industry, innovation and infrastructure Responsible consumption and production Climate action Life on land Partnerships for the goals

Main donors

Participating Organizations

Executor
  • Instituto Nacional de Investigación Agropecuaria (INIA) - Uruguay
Co-executor
  • Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria (INTA) - Argentina
  • Instituto Nacional de Innovación y Transferencia en Tecnología Agropecuaria (INTA) - Costa Rica
  • Fundación para el Fomento y Promoción de la Investigación y Transferencia de Tecnología Agropecuaria (FITTACORI) - Costa Rica
  • Fundación ArgenINTA (ARGENINTA) - Argentina
Associated
  • GENTOS (GENTOS) - Argentina
  • Asociación Argentina de Consorcios Regionales de Experimentación Agrícola (AACREA) - Argentina
  • Michigan State University (MSU) - Estados Unidos
  • Federación Uruguaya de Grupos CREA (FUCREA) - Uruguay
  • Cámara Nacional de Productores de Leche (CNPL-CR) - Costa Rica

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Financing by country (in USD)
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Publications and resources

Researchers

Project leader Uruguay

Santiago Fariña

Researcher

Germán Berone

Technician

Natalia Elduayen

Technician

Sol Jorcin Cabrera

Technician

Rodrigo Rovira

Technician

Federico Leber

Technician

Andrés Fiorito

Technician

Lucas Solé

Sponsors
BID
IICA
With the support of
Fondo Coreano de Alianza para el Conocimiento en Tecnología e Innovación (KPK)