During the year 2020 the last pruning management cycle within the framework of the LIFE SARMIENTO project is being developed. The vineyards pruning waste is being managed for its transformation into compost. After the last collection of vine shoots, they were stored at the collection points and after being chopped and transported to the transformation site, they are currently in the composting phase.
During composting, the temperature and humidity are monitored to determine the moment of turning, the addition of water and microorganisms. The inoculated microorganisms favour the decomposition of the pruning waste and give the final product biostimulant and biofertilizing capacities.
Four years after the beginning of the project, more than 1,152,530 kilos of vine shoots have been managed to prevent their burning in more than 400 hectares corresponding to the Bullas PDO, thus avoiding the emission of more than 2,900 tons of CO2 to the atmosphere and contributing to the mitigation of climate change.
The application of compost to the soil contributes in turn to slowing its degradation, improving its fertility, biodiversity, resistance to erosion and its yield, which increases its capacity to adapt to climate change.