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Reducing pest pressure and diversification of business operations through keeping poultry in mobile stables in organic managed orchards

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Authority

Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Ernährung, Landwirtschaft und Verbraucherschutz

Federal State

Lower Saxony and Bremen

Contact

Calenberger Straße 2
30169 Hannover

Website: External link to the authority

Project Title

Reducing pest pressure and diversification of business operations through keeping poultry in mobile stables in organic managed orchards

Project description

The fruit production in Germany mainly takes place in regions with a favourable climate. In Lower Saxony this is the region “Altes Land”. The landscape is strongly embrassed by the orchards and fruit production. Specific pests find ideal living conditions in these regions because of the high concentration of fruit trees. This requires an intensive pestmanagement to prevent yield losses. Organic fruit producers are also highly specialized farms, which have a need of intensive organic pestcontrol. To control insects in the orchards is difficult, because, they occur in different morphological phases. The larvae of some pestinsects overwinter in the soil, where pestcontrol action can’t affect them. Insects are part of the natural feedbase of poultry and they have the natural instinct to search for insects in the soil. Besides this, the structure of the orchards is perfect for poultry yards. In the project the keeping of turkeys and laying hens will be compared on three organic fruit growing farms. It will be analyzed, how the animal-keeping can be integrated in the work flow of the farms.

Final report

Results and the Final report will be found here, as soon as the project is completed.

Key words

  • Farming practice/activity
  • Animal husbandry
  • Pest/disease control

Main funding source

Rural development 2014-2020 for Operational Groups (in the sense of Art 56 of Reg.1305/2013)

OG contact information

Kompetenzzentrum Ökolandbau Niedersachsen GmbH
Bahnhofstraße 15 b
27374 Visselhövede

Phone: 04262/959369

Email: s.kuschnereit@oeko-komp.de

Type of OG partners

  • Farmer
  • Farmer

Begin of project

2019

Project status

ongoing

Total budget applied for in EUR

462,802

NUTS3 CODE

DE937

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