New Organic Planet (NOP) is a company based in Funchal and has, among other activities in the areas of sustainability, research work related to organic farming. NOP leads the PROBIOMADEIRA research project for the development of organic farming on the island.
This project is funded by “PROCIÊNCIA 2020”, a support program of the Institute of Business Development (IDE) of the Autonomous Region of Madeira. One of its objectives is to increase scientific production and promote new products and new businesses, creating collaborative structures in order to foster entrepreneurship and opportunities between the business and institutional sectors.
PROBIOMADEIRA is a project developed within the scope of PROCIÊNCIA 2020, Incentive System for the Production of Scientific and Technological Knowledge of the Autonomous Region of Madeira, a support program of the Instituto de Desenvolvimento Empresarial (IDE).
PROBIOMADEIRA will carry out a sustained and sufficiently robust assessment to define the main guidelines necessary for the organization and regulation of the production and commercialization sector in organic production mode.
In this perspective, and with soils of high fertility being one of the mandatory conditions for successful production, their evaluation, as well as the identification of sources of organic matter and distribution throughout the island will be studied.
The proposal of methods and practices adapted for the maintenance and / or increase of fertility and other soil conservation and management practices, as well as the production cycles and suitability of crops, which will prove to be of greater economic interest in the region.
The definition of guidelines for the development of a platform that brings together the entire production line in organic production on the island.
The production of a manual of good practices for the conservation and fertility of the soil of Madeira (on paper in the form of a brochure and online).
PROBIOMADEIRA is a Research project in collaboration with the Regional Secretariat for Agriculture and Rural Development, University of Madeira, Escola Superior Agrária de Coimbra and Agroconceito, a consultancy and agricultural technical support company.
The Regional Secretariat for Agriculture and Rural Development is one of the departments of the Regional Government of Madeira, with responsibilities in the sectors of agriculture, livestock, veterinary, rural development to support farmers and in the management of agricultural community funds.
The University of Madeira (UMa) has existed since 1988. In 1990/91, it attended the first steps taken by most of the courses at this University, such as Biology, Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry and Modern Languages and Literature. The Germplasm Bank, ISOPlexis is a Research Unit of the University of Madeira, created in 1996, with the objective of developing fundamental and / or applied studies in the area of Genetic Resources and Biotechnology, dedicated to the study of agrodiversity, genetic resources and agrosystems.
ESAC - Escola Superior Agrária de Coimbra is a school that is part of the Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra, aimed at pursuing the objectives of polytechnic higher education in the field of agricultural sciences and engineering, technologies and the like. It offers training in a wide range of scientific areas covering agricultural and animal production, rural development, forestry, biotechnology, environmental protection management and technology and the food industries.
Agroconceito is a company that aims to support, develop and promote sustainable agricultural production methods, in order to achieve an economic, environmental and socially responsible activity. It has a diversified client portfolio in the scope of consultancy and technical support in the assessment, implementation and monitoring of agricultural activity, as well as in agricultural certification (integrated production, organic farming, GLOBAL GAP and Greening).