The FNC´s National Coffee Research Center (Cenicafé) was awarded with the Blue Planet Prize 2010-2011

For more than 70 years Cenicafé has researched on themes that include coffee production, harvesting methods, wet mill processest, quality, by-products management, and natural resource conservation. The protection, recovery, and appropriate management of soils and water sources have always been a priority to Cenicafé.

The reduced use of harmful substances to the environment is possible thanks to the renovation of coffee crops with Arabica varieties resistant to coffee rust, the implementation of an integrated management of coffee pests and diseases, and the maintenance of the soil´s productive capacity and natural fertility

Cali, October 7- FNC Press. In recognition to the National Coffee Research, submitted by www.cafedecolombia.com.

Center (Cenicafé)´s projects dealing with water protection, conservation, and water sources recovery, the Blue Planet (Planeta Azul) Prize 2010-2011, whose theme was WATER source of life, was awarded to Cenicafé. The award, given by “Banco de Occidente” is perhaps the most reputed environmental recognition in Colombia and privileges experiences that support development processes which contribute to the balance and harmonious coexistence between communities and the ecosystems they live in.

The Blue Planet Prize was granted to Cenicafé because of its “Construyendo el modelo para la gestión integrada del recurso hídrico en la caficultura colombiana”(Building the model for an integrated hidric resource management withing Colombia’s coffee growing industry) project, which foments water conservation, prevention and control of water pollution, and sustainable practices for the use of water sources.

In order to avoid the contamination of water sources with nitrates, sulfates, and phosphates, the research performed by Cenicafé has led to reduce the use of pesticides and agro-chemicals in the coffee cultivation process. The reduced use of harmful substances to the environment is possible thanks to the renovation of coffee crops with Arabica varieties resistant to coffee rust, the implementation of an integrated management of coffee pests and diseases, and the maintenance of the soil´s productive capacity and natural fertility.

Another of Cenicafé´s fields of action is the stabilization of water sources balance and the reduction of erosion in Colombia´s coffee region. Initiatives regarding reforestation such as the reforestation of the watersheds of the middle and upper basins of the Cauca and Magdalena Rivers, and the increase of sustainable forest practices and ecosystem protection, are some of Cenicafé´s major concerns.

Among other features, Cenicafé´s developments for the rationalization or eradication of water use in the different stages of the bean´s wet process have managed to reduce water consumption from 40 liters to less than 5 liters per kilogram of parchment coffee produced for certain coffee growers. Likewise, Becolsub technology has decreased water consumption to less than 1 liter per kilogram of dry parchment coffee.

The responsible management of wastewater from coffee processing is another of Cenicafé´s priorities. Based on an integral treatment, the Research Center has reduced the harmful impact of wastewater in Colombia´s soil and water sources.

For more than 70 years Cenicafé has researched on themes that include coffee production, harvesting methods, wet mill processest, quality, by-products management, and natural resource conservation. The protection, recovery, and appropriate management of soils and water sources have always been a priority to Cenicafé.

As part of the Sustainability that Matters programs, Cenicafé´s developments are an integral part of the FNC´s objective of achieving a sustainable coffee industry. Technological developments and Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) reach Colombian coffee growers through the FNC´s Extension Service (ES) which is responsible for training and supporting coffee growers in the implementation of new technologies and practices.

For further information visit:

www.cenicafe.org
www.federaciondecafeteros.org
www.SustainabilityThatMatters.org
www.cafedecolombia.com

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