DESIGN OF A COMPUTER APPLICATION FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF LAND MANAGEMENT IN LIVESTOCK COOPERATIVES [FEADER 2016 / 50B file]
Link: Agriculture and rural development > Financing the Common Agricultural Policy
The project aims to contribute to increase the efficiency and environmental and economic sustainability of farms.Solutions will be sought to the problem of bad structuring of the territorial base of the farms using TIC, developing an algorithm that allows to obtain better alternatives for the spatial organization of the plots of the members of agricultural cooperatives or for any group of farmers.
Given a set of farmers with their corresponding sets of plots,the computer tool will allow a re-allocation of the use of plots among farmers so that,maintaining each farmer,in essence,the same surface,and without modifying the property, and their plots would be closer to each other and closer to each holding.
The proper sizing of agricultural holdings is key to ensuring their economic and environmental viability.Agricultural markets are subject to strong variations, and inputsto contain production costs.In cattle farming, this is fundamentally due to the adequate dimensioning of the territorial base and its efficient management.However,the territorial structure of the Galician livestock farms is very fragmented,and their plots tend to have small dimensions(compared to other holdings in other livestock regions in Europe)and are dispersed.
A production based on own pastures and forages,with plots of adequate size and accessible,would help to increase the yield of the farms and to revalue these productions,reducing costs and dependence on farms and increasing disposable income,allowing also livestock practices compatible with the environment and adequate land management (grouping, joint use, etc…).
European strategy for I+D in agriculture [European Comission, 2015]identifies the incorporation of TIC As one of the four basic transverse elements.Following this line,This project will address the problem of dispersion of farm plots using computer and mathematical methods.