A new project called EBRO- ADMICLIM developed by LIFE+ program of European Union aims to boost and analyze the rice growing conditions in the Ebro Delta river region which is main rice growing area in Spain with favorable climatic conditions for rice cultivation in this area of Spain. About 21% of total rice growing area of Spain is covered in the Ebro Delta river region which covers an area of 22,000 hectares of land alone.
This kind of project which mainly aims in controlling the emission level of green house gases in environment, teaching risk mitigate actions during rice cultivation, increasing ground elevation level and optimizing rice production in Spain, is first of its kind.
The Primary focus of project is to effectively reduce the emission of green house gases through airing the soil after specific interval of times. The project aims at mitigating the green house gases emission but was not evaluated earlier. The project aims at working efficiently in different agricultural conditions including different flooding levels, different fertilizers combinations etc.
The project has been practically implemented in 10-15 rice fields during post and pre harvest time in 2014-15.
Following Seven Institute controls and support the implementation of the project.These are:
- Institute of Food and Agriculture Research and Technology (Institut de Recerca i Tecnologia Agroalimentàries, IRTA)
- Catalan Water Agency (Agència Catalana de l’Aigua, ACA)
- Consortium for dealer councils and water industries of Tarragona (Consorci Concessionari d’Aigües per als Ajuntaments i Indústries de Tarragona (CAT)
- Irrigation Farmers’ Association and Ebro Farmers’ Union (Comunitat de Regants i Sindicat Agrícola de l’Ebre, CRSAE)
- Cartographical and Geological Institute of Catalonia (Institut Cartogràfic i Geològic de Catalunya, ICGC)
- Catalan Office for Climate Change (Oficina Catalana del Canvi Climàtic, OCCC)
- Cordoba University (Universidad de Córdoba, UCO)