Following the pruning’s management approach proposed by the project, samiento’s composting started this last summer. After the storage in collection points, chopping and transport to the transformation site, the composting process began. This involves monitoring parameters such as temperature and humidity in order to control the process and determine when tipping and water and microorganisms addition should be done. Microorganisms favour the breakdown of vegetal matter and confer bio-stimulant and bio-fertilising character to the final product. The fields of the Cooperative “El Rosario” are expected to receive the compost produced this first year during the next spring.
By the other hand, samples collection in selected parcels is being carried out during this September in order to test compost effects during the next four years. Doing this, soils where the compost will be applied are characterised and we can obtain a study baseline regarding yield and quality crops improvement and for the physicochemical and biological state of soils where the LIFE SARMIENTO compost will be applied.