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Seaweed as fertilizer

Throughout 2019 Ökowerk has made great progress in the development of a natural fertilizer, which allows crops to thrive on saline soils. 70 % of the fertilizer mixture consists of washed-up algae (seaweed), which is mainly dried bladder wrack.

After numerous experiments with different vegetable and mineral components, the fertilizer is showing promising results. 

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Salt tolerant potatoes available in Dutch supermarkets

Via the SalFar partner, Salt Farm Foundation, salt tolerant potatoes are now available in the Dutch supermarket chain Jumbo. 

“The launch of the salt tolerant potatoes is an initiative intended to raise awareness about saline farming and the salinization problem we face worldwide”, says Marc Van Rijsselberghe, the founder of Salt Farm Foundation.

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Cultivation of potato, cabbage and carrot is still possible under moderately saline conditions

A new report published by the SalFar partner Salt Farm Foundation indicates that the cultivation of potato, cabbage and carrot is still possible under moderately saline conditions. This means that millions of hectares of unexploited salt-affected farmland could potentially be cultivated successfully. 

In an open-air lab on the island of Texel in the Netherlands the salt tolerance of 8 different crops and a total of 12 different varieties have been tested. 

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Test field visited by a flock of pheasants and geese

Occasionally, the partners in the project hit a bump in the road, but locally these bumps lead to valuable learnings. One “bump” which the Danish and Swedish partners encountered was an unexpected visit from a flock of hungry pheasants and geese on the test field on the island of Sejeroe in Denmark.

Click on the link below to read about what happened and the lessons learned from this experience.

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Online Resource Centre

Check out SalFar's Online Resource Centre where we share best practices, reports and other materials which are developed in the project. The purpose of the Online Resource Centre is to share our knowledge so that stakeholders and other people interested in the project can benefit from our experiences.
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Please feel free to contact the project managers for further information:

Angelica Kaus
Province of Groningen
+31 (0) 50 3164188

Douwe van Noordenburg
Province of Groningen
+31 (0) 62 2372417

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