01. Birds in the Desert of Ica
The experience of Agrokasa in its two farms in Ica - the Santa Rita Farm located in the center of the agricultural zone in Ica valley and La Catalina Farm arisen after being irrigated 1,196 ha of unproductive surface, in a deserted zone known as La Pampa de los Castillos—has been an excellent opportunity to learn about the life of birds, their origin and amazing diversity as well as their amazing contribution to the health of an ecosystem, including the economic sustainability of the agricultural investment. The birds are clear indicators of the environmental health and their study allow us to know their habitats and the involved relations of dependence among insects, crops, plagues, tree species and their impact in the agrological handling of asparagus, avocados and grapes fields.
02. Birds from the Central Coast Desert of Peru (Ica, Barranca-Peru)
03. Efficient and sustainable use of water resource
The strategies implemented in the AGROKASA farms in Ica include:
• To reduce the total water demand at crops level by implementing technical improvements to save water.
• To use surplus surface water that is currently not used, due to the seasonal nature of the rains, to replace a significant part of the annual underground water volume.
• Facilitate the recharge of the aquifer through surface water infiltration.
• Build a culture around the optimization of water use within the AGROKASA staff.
• Show a development path to local farmers to achieve the sustainability of the valley all together.
2.1. Better techniques for water-saving
Provide information for water handling in the soil
Improves water-air relation
Improves roots activity
Enables the efficient use of irrigation water
Allow the reading of humidity changes
They are tools that help confirming the data provided by capacity probes.
Process programmer that administers the systems of irrigation and fertilization.
It has pH and CE sensors that allow the control of these variables in the fertilizing solution.
Allows a greater possibility of fertilizer dilutions, water saving and also assures a greater useful life of irrigation hoses in the field.
Allows the monitoring of the plant’s root mass growth and the condition of the roots.
Enables consultants to take decisions.
Enables the verification of information received from capacity probes.
2.2 Use of surface water in partial replacement of underground water volumes
Project of collection for a new flood surface water volume that partially replaces the use of underground water.
Construction of a set of hydraulic structures like water intake, reservoir-sediment, filters, pumping and re-pumping booth, pipelines and secondary works that collect, treat and distribute flood water from the Ica river that coincide in their seasonal nature with the water demand peaks from the crops.
04. Integrated plague handling
4.1. Phytosanitary assessments
Assessments are performed to measure the pest populations that affect our crops using automated systems for data collection in field with GPS which allow users to visualize results in real time and thus optimizing the activities of our integrated plague handling program.
4.2. Beneficial Insects Lab
The purpose of this project, initiated in 2007, is to increase the beneficial insect fauna that exists in our fields and thus reduce the application of insecticides. Now, we produce Trichogramma Pretiosum and three species of Chrisopas for the control of Lepidoptera, Trips and Prodiplosis.
AGROKASA breeds and trains femoral falcons (Falco femoralis), which are acquired from a breeding Zoo, authorized by the national institute of natural resources, Peru (INRENA), for the dissuasion and control of birds (plague) in our fields. These falcons look after our fields of grapes from the entry of birds (plagues) between September and January.
The company has an appropriate environment for the breeding and training of these falcons; we have trained our staff in the handling of these birds and we have provided them with external advice.
05. Zones of preservation
Areas that are not assigned to crops planted with native local plants such as local native plants like Huarango (Prosopis limensis) and other locally introduced like the Aromo (Acacia karroo).
06. Work with the communities
The awareness program on handling of solid waste in the Pachacutec district (in the influence zone of La Catalina Farm) is being developed together with Horizonte Corporativo NGO. The objective of this program is to work with educational institutions on the training for the productive handling of solid waste through workshops.