Adobe Stock
Adobe Stock

Global agribusiness giant ADM has expanded its regenerative agriculture programme with the launch of a scheme in Brazil for soyabean farmers.

Involving 20 soyabean farmers, the pilot programme would cover 20,000ha in Minas Gerais (Uberlândia region) and Mato Grosso do Sul (Campo Grande region), the company said on 21 November.

ADM said farmers participating in the pilot would receive technical assistance, training sessions and soil organic matter and carbon sequestration measurements.

The programme’s aim was to promote and support sustainable agricultural production with a focus on soil health, biodiversity protection, improved soil fertility and resilience, and increased farm productivity, the company said.

The initial focus would be on three practices: fertiliser use efficiency and increased use of biological inputs; no till farming and covered soil/cover crops.

“The basic principle is to support farmers in their efforts to do more with less, meaning higher productivity with less use of inputs, less water use, lower greenhouse gas emissions, lower risk of soil degradation, and less use of fuels and energy,” ADM’s grains director for South America Luciano Souza said.

All greenhouse gas emission (GHG) calculations for the pilot would be conducted using a calculator designed and developed by global chemical giant Bayer in partnership with the Brazilian government’s crop research agency Embrapa to be regionally specific, and to quantify field emissions, land-use change emissions, carbon footprint of inputs applied in the field, and carbon footprint of transportation.

Data collected during the pilot scheme would allow ADM, Bayer and other participants to study current environmental impacts and potential reduction opportunities as the programme expanded, the company said.

ADM said it aimed to cover 120,000 ha in Brazil by 2027 and 1.61M ha globally by 2025.