Food production of small banana producers
The association Bananos Ecológicos de la Línea Noroeste (BANELINO) located in the Dominican Republic is a winner of the ideas competition of the Del Campo al Plato Programme. The project consists of the production and commercialization of eggs and chicken meat in organic banana farms.
BANELINO’s farms are completely organic so these lands have a variety of plant species that converge with banana cultivation. Incorporating the amount of 16 hens per hectare will contribute to increase the biodiversity of the farm, since other plant species will be planted for the consumption of the hens and will improve the quality of the soil by the contribution of organic matter.
The initiative will strengthen economic sustainability and enable 320 partners to consume healthy, organic food for themselves.
Drone technology for banana cultivation
BANELINO is an association of 320 small producers of organic bananas based in the Dominican Republic and for the second time winner of the ideas competition of the From Field to Plate program.
This project consists of the purchase, training and use of drones and image interpretation software to take an inventory of the biodiversity of the farms in order to obtain reliable data in real time on the quantity and variety of species within the organic banana cultivation system of each individual employee.
At present, BANELINO only manages to carry out the inventory in 25% of its farms per year.
This proposal will provide them with more complete information on their parcels, enabling them to meet some of the requirements of the standards, draw up action plans to improve biodiversity and produce maps of the farms’ flora.