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BYDT participates in the cooperation action “Innovation for the development of the value chain of agri-bussiness products for the Dominican Republic” funded by AECID

Many farmers from the south region of Dominican Republic do not have access to nitrogen fertilizers due to their high price, this originating low yield harvests and malnutrition. Moreover, the flourishing activity of producing and exporting organic banana in the South region has been hindered by the lack of authorized products in organic agriculture to control the detrimental disease ‚Äúblack sigatoka‚ÄĚ.

The alternative to this problem is the use of biofertilizers based on rhizobium and similar microorganisms to inoculate legumes and incorporate nitrogen into agrosystems. Apart from that, the use of biological control agents and phytostrenghteners based on symbiotic microorganisms to control this disease shows promising results. These new technologies are unexpensive, simple, local-developed and of proven efficiency, that have only been used in Dominican Republic so far, to a pilot level by a research group from the University of León.

This solution is an innovation to the dominican agro industry, as it establishes for the first time in the country a facility producing agrarian inputs with a natural origin of proven efficacy, alternative to agrochemicals. This alternative technology is based on indigenous beneficial microorganisms, being its indigenous nature of key importance to achieve its adaptation to the environment. For this reason, these type of products need to be produced by the local agro industry.

Aforementioned products are:

  • Alternative biofertilizers to the costly external technology based on chemical fertilizers used in staple foodcrops such as beans and pigeon peas.
  • Biocontrollers and phytostrenghteners ¬†for disease control, useful for organic production, of enormous importance in the Dominican economy.
  • Biological control agents and phytostrenghteners to control diseases in organic production of banana for export, which is of paramount importance in the Dominican economy.

BYDT will be in charge of building the reactor for the production of these products.

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