The mission of the FERTIMANURE project is to provide innovative solutions (technology, end-products, and business models) that solve real issues such as the manure challenge, and help farmers with the stakes that they are currently facing. FERTIMANURE will set-up 5 on-farm pilots in 5 different EU countries, valorising manure from 3 different types of feedstocks.
Over the first months of the project, the consortium focused its attention on data-gathering and coordination activities to set the stage for later activities. The partners have conducted data-gathering on animal densities and rates of nutrient and manure generation within the pilot regions. This information will be used in later analyses on scenarios for nutrient management and life cycle analyses for the formulation of appropriate business plans. Despite the difficulties posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, partners are working hard to maintain schedules for the construction and initiation of the pilot plants.
The consortium is optimistic that schedules can be maintained without any significant delays. Main activities over the next few months until the close of the year will include the preparation of the pilots, the set-up of protocols and standardisation for characterization of bio-based fertilisers and products, initial estimates of product characteristics and possible compositions of tailor-made fertilisers, and other coordinated activities for data-gathering of information which is used as inputs for the formulation of business plans and life cycle analysis.