Regenerative Sugarcane: Sustainable Farming with Organomineral Fertilizers and CBIOs

in sugar cane production
Sustainability

Homero Moreschi

Experienced Agronomist, and Farmer in Sugarcane

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Regenerative Sugarcane and its Contribution to the Environment

Regenerative agriculture is a sustainable approach that aims to restore agricultural ecosystems, promoting soil health, biodiversity, and resilience. Regenerative sugarcane applies these specific principles to sugarcane production, seeking to regenerate the farm ecosystem, promoting soil health, reducing environmental impacts, and favoring the resilience of plantations.

Using organomineral fertilizers in sugarcane production plays a significant role in promoting regenerative sugarcane. Here are some of the main aspects of the role of organominerals in this context:

  • Improve Soil Structure: Organominerals improve soil structure, especially in degraded soils. The organic matter in these fertilizers helps form aggregates in the soil, increasing porosity and water retention capacity.
  • Increase of Soil Fertility: Organomineral fertilizers combine essential mineral nutrients with organic matter to provide a balanced source of nutrients for plants. This helps increase soil fertility, providing a conducive environment for healthy sugarcane growth.
  • Gradual Release of Nutrients: The gradual release of nutrients from organominerals promotes a constant supply of nutrients to plants over time. This benefits sustainable plant development and avoids nutrient spikes that can occur with quick-release fertilizers.
  • Stimulation of Microbial Activity: The organic matter in organominerals provides a food source for soil microorganisms. This stimulates microbial activity, contributing to the decomposition of organic matter in the soil and promoting nutrient cycling.
  • Increased plant resilience: The constant supply of nutrients, along with improved soil health, contributes to the increased resilience of sugarcane plants. This can make crops more robust in the face of adverse conditions, such as periods of drought or intense rain.
  • Promotion of Biodiversity: The use of organominerals can promote biodiversity in the soil, favoring the presence of beneficial organisms. A greater diversity of microorganisms in soil can positively affect the agricultural ecosystem’s overall health.

Regenerative sugarcane, associated with the generation of Decarbonization Credits (CBIOs), represents a sustainable approach to sugarcane production, which contributes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting regenerative practices.

Here are some points related to regenerative sugarcane and the generation of CBIOs:

  • Regenerative Practices: Regenerative sugarcane involves agricultural practices that aim to recover and regenerate agricultural ecosystems, including soil, biodiversity, and water. This may include techniques such as crop rotation, minimum tillage, integrated pest management, green manuring, organic fertilization, and the responsible use of inputs.
  • Carbon Fixation: Sugarcane is a crop that can fix large amounts of atmospheric carbon during its growth. The practice of regenerative sugarcane can enhance this capacity, contributing to climate change mitigation.
  • CBIOs and RenovaBio: RenovaBio is a Brazilian policy aiming to stimulate low-carbon biofuel production, such as sugarcane ethanol. CBIOs are certificates that represent the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions associated with the production of these biofuels.
  • Sustainability and Competitiveness: Generating CBIOs for the production of biofuels from regenerative sugarcane not only contributes to environmental goals but can also confer competitive advantages in the market, where sustainability is increasingly becoming a criterion of choice for consumers.

In summary, regenerative sugarcane, in synergy with organomineral fertilizers, plays an integral role in modern agriculture, providing a balanced approach to soil fertilization and contributing to the promotion of more sustainable and regenerative agricultural practices. Combined with the generation of CBIOs, they represent an integrated approach that seeks not only efficiency in biofuel production but also the promotion of sustainable farming practices and the mitigation of carbon emissions associated with agricultural production and fuel consumption. This approach seeks to create more resilient, productive, and ecologically healthy agricultural systems.

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