Riso I Ferrari: SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE
The surrounding area, for our company, has always represented an element of value and a wealth to be safeguarded, through the responsible use of all resources and the protection of ecosystems of which the rice fields represent a great reality of biodiversity. For this reason, we have regularly researched new cutting-edge techniques for sustainable agriculture that would improve each phase of the production cycle and at the same time be beneficial to the reduction of environmental pollution.
In this sense we have obtained:
- the integrated production agri-food certification. Integrated agriculture is a production system that is implemented in compliance with the technical standards provided for by the Integrated Production National Quality System (SQNPI - operational since 2016 at the Community level) which governs production with a view to lower impact on humans and the environment. In addition to compliance with these specifications, a rigorous traceability system is also adopted for products that come from farms like ours that apply the rules of the SQNPI;
- and we have equipped ourselves with a photovoltaic system to produce 100% of the energy that the company needs in total autonomy, reducing the emission of Co2. Thanks to the numerous photovoltaic panels mounted above the roofs of our company warehouses, we are able to reduce pollution during each phase of the production cycle
Among the recent experimentation techniques we are adopting, we point out the participation in the innovative work plan born from the collaboration of MEDSEA (Mediterranean Sea and Coast Foundation), Coldiretti Oristano and Liverani Servizi, which aims to reduce water consumption in agriculture and guarantee the protection of the environment.
The new experimental techniques "fielded" by the project involve the use of the remotely piloted aircraft system (SAPR), which through the use of the drone, allows for precise and detailed monitoring of the health of crops. The data collected in flight are transmitted to a software which in turn crosses them with other indications (transmitted by special multispectral sensors) relating to solar radiation and the response of plants. This information is very important, as it reveals the vitality index of the rice, its water stress, any attacks by pathogens, the humidity and the temperature of the soil. Already 10-15 days after sowing it is possible to start making the first surveys, thus monitoring the cultivation up to the harvest phase; allowing to intervene promptly and in a localized manner should it be necessary.
This work plan was developed within the "Maristanis" project, an international cooperation project for the protection and integrated management of the coastal wetlands of the Gulf of Oristano.
The new "precision agriculture" (which represents the future in order to guarantee the protection of the environment), marks an important step forward towards an innovative digital agriculture that will bring benefits to the mass of vegetation, the finished product and the costs of production; helping us to make our company even more “sustainable” to guarantee all of you excellent products
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