Tillage tools to protect soils
In eastern Europe, the Contivo project is helping farmers utilise new technology in conservation tillage, integrated with more effective and targeted use of crop agronomy techniques.
Its aim is to protect valuable soil resources and reduce the impact on water sources, whilst also increasing yields and raising incomes to retain farm viability and sustain the rural community.
It is an approach and adoption of techniques that holds a number of similarities with the UK - with a range of research initiatives seeking to protect water catchment areas currently being supported by Syngenta. Their work could help provide farmers with practical measures to comply with the Water Framework Directive and other legislative obligations.
In north east Hungary, arable grower Karoly Budi (right) crops 600 hectares near Alsódobsza. A long-established family farm, over the past three years he has moved to conservation tillage and modified the farm’s cropping.