OCP Group, Bioline by Invivo, Agrorobótica and Sementes Tropical launch the first cultivation and carbon certification project to support sustainable agriculture in Brazil.
Indeed, the OCP Group, announced on Tuesday a partnership for an initial project of culture and carbon certification in the ” Matto Grosso “(agricultural region that produces most of Brazil’s cereals and livestock products) alongside the farmers’ cooperative Bioline by Invivo and the agritech company ” Agrorobotica “.
Thus, the selected farmer is one of the first Brazilian agricultural companies to adopt new technologies in agriculture. Initially, the project will cover cotton, soybean and corn cultivation areas, crops representative of Brazilian agriculture, OCP said in a statement, noting that the project stems from a shared conviction that the Soil health is essential for environmental preservation, food security and achieving global carbon neutrality goals.
This project, continues the same source, is only the beginning of a broader collaboration between the OCP Group, Bioline and Agrorobótica. According to the group, this partnership will encourage regenerative agricultural practices to improve yield and soil quality through personalized and crop-adapted digital solutions.
To achieve this, the project will apply Agrorobótica’s AI (Artificial Intelligence)-driven soil analysis tool (Laser Induced Plasma Atomic Emission Spectrometry -LIBS-) to measure and verify the carbon content and sequestration potential. LIBS is an analytical technique that uses a highly focused laser beam to create micro-plasma on the surface of the soil sample, to determine its elemental composition without generating harmful chemical residues.
In detail, LIBS generates data that allows a farmer to adopt the best regenerative practices, necessary for sustainable agriculture. These practices enhance the soil’s carbon sequestration capacity while improving its health and fertility, which in turn reduces carbon dioxide emissions, supports food security and helps increase farmers’ incomes, the report points out. band.
Also, the carbon credits generated by this project constitute a valuable source of income for the farmer, it is specified, before pointing out that these carbon credits will also be put forward by the OCP Group to achieve its own carbon neutrality objectives. by 2040.
“This partnership is a first step for OCP Group towards carbon sequestration, reflecting its strategy to lead a sustainable transformation of agriculture and encourage innovative practices to improve yields and soil quality,” indicates the group.
Thus, Hanane Mourchid, Chief Sustainability Officer of the OCP Group indicated that the OCP Group promotes regenerative agricultural practices in Brazil, Africa and in many regions of the world by supporting farmers through training, deploying the 4R approach and encouraging innovation.
“ We are excited to contribute to this important step towards scaling the culture of carbon initiative. This large-scale project will create new income for our farmers by rewarding them for their efforts to contribute to global climate action. The project is a concrete way to explore the potential of agriculture as a natural carbon sink and will help achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement “, she expressed.
For his part, Laurent Martel, Managing Director of Bioline by InVivo, underlined that “ this project illustrates Bioline by InVivo’s desire to accelerate the deployment of agricultural solutions for the environment, by diversifying farmers’ incomes. Agriculture can regenerate natural capital, it is a solution to the climate crisis, and farmers must be compensated for their regenerative actions “.
The manager at Bioline By InVivo continued that this project completes a series of initiatives incubated in France by Bioline on the low-carbon agricultural transition.
” We are launching a carbon sequestration project: Carbone&Co, with French cooperatives, and have created CarbonExtract, a digital tool for monitoring, reporting and verifying carbon in agricultural projects. Carbon farming is an emerging model that needs to be tested in different experimental fields, alongside other tools to finance the transition, and a global approach is essential to identify the best approaches. We expect a lot from our partnership with the OCP Group through this pilot project which will feed our knowledge base to create and accelerate the deployment of solutions that will help farmers regenerate the environment and diversify their income. “, he said.
For his part, Fábio Angelis, founder and CEO of Agrorobótica argued that “ the purpose of AGROROBÓTICA is to contribute to food security and to the mitigation of the effects of climate change on our planet”.
Aida Magalhães, CTO (Chief Technology Officer) of Agrorobótica added: “To through the IA AGLIBS PLATFORM, we are digitizing the management of soil fertility and plant nutrition, for the generation and marketing of carbon credits in agriculture. The strategic partnership with OCP and BIOLINE allows us to bring our vision to the farmer, bringing as value creation the increase in agricultural productivity and sustainability, with the monetization of carbon “.
As for the executive director of Tropical, Victor Griesang, he expressed his joy to participate in this project.
“ We are very happy to be able to participate in this project. We are very interested in developing ourselves in a sustainable way. We want to learn new methods, measure new points, discover new technologies and adapt to environmentally friendly agricultural production “, he said.