Objectives

Primary Objective

Demonstrate a Manure and Olive Mill Wastewater (OMW) Managing System, which allows the utilisation of specific characteristics of these wastes, transforming their mixture, into a high nutrient containing end New Product, which can be safely and easily used, in all ranges of agriculture and horticulture, REPLACING in a significant scale (if not completely) inorganic chemical fertilisation.

This final new product will:

  • contain Nitrogen, in an inorganic form, in more than 20 % d.w. (more than 22 to 25 % in all forms),
  • contain Phosphorus, in an inorganic form, in more than 8 % d.w. (more than 10 to 11 % in all forms),
  • contain Potassium, in an inorganic form, in more than 20 % d.w. (more than 22 to 25 % in all forms),
  • be free of odours and pathogens as well as other phytotoxic molecules,
  • contain less than 15 % (preferably less than 10 %) moisture,
  • be shaped in a size and texture, that can be easily bagged, transported and applied similarly to chemical fertilisers without the need for new equipment and handling techniques,
  • have a carbon and environmental footprint (considerably) smaller to the existing inorganic fertilisers, and
  • have a low production cost.

It must be also mentioned that the CONDENSE Managing System is compatible with all sizes of animal farms (large industrial or cooperating small and very small farms), as well as existing treating facilities either anaerobic (for the management of the sludge from the anaerobic bio-reactors) or aerobic (as an improvement of the composting units) or both. It is also compatible with the three phases olive oil mills operating in the Mediterranean region (the most common type of olive oil mill), producing at least 3,000 to 4,000 t of OMW for each 1,000 t of olive oil treated. The most common OMW disposal / managing method is the open evaporation tank.

In order to achieve this objective the following will take place:

  1. Select a demonstration area where animal farming, together with olive trees cultivation, coexist and where the use of chemical fertilisation is extensive.
  2. Develop the appropriate infrastructure required for the demonstration of the suggested CONDENSE Managing System at a pilot scale.
  3. Operate the necessary equipment for the pilot demonstration process.
  4. Test, evaluate and fine tune the Manure and OMW Managing System.
  5. Design, implement, monitor and record a significant range of agricultural demonstration trials, including commercial cultivations.
  6. Conduct a series of analyses in order to determine qualitatively and quantitatively the possible environmental and economical benefit of the CONDENSE managing system.
  7. Incorporate all the above designs, knowledge, experience, measurements, chemical, physical and economical / environmental analyses and their results, into a series of manuals.

Secondary objective

A series of well designed, coordinated and effective dissemination actions that will allow the quick acceptance and expansion of the CONDENSE managing system, in such a scale (inside and outside the EU), that will lead to a significant change in the existing plans’ nutrients management culture and a reduction of current dependence on chemical fertilisers.

This involves:

  • Developing a series of dissemination materials
  • Conduct a series of dissemination activities
  • Bring in close conduct with the managing system and the pilot unit
  • Train any person that wish to get familiar with the process
  • Develop an information campaign aiming to convince farmers for the need of reducing chemical fertilisation
  • Make all manuals mentioned earlier available to the public