Herds in the Algarve will begin to be controlled using GPS

Within the scope of the Revitalgarve project

A pilot project to use geolocation and monitoring technologies to control herds will be launched on Tuesday, June 18th, by Revitalgarve, a project that aims to contribute to the revitalization of rural areas in the Algarve, through two actions demonstrations taking place at 10am and 00pm, in Algoz and Conceição de Tavira, respectively.

In the municipality of Silves, the demonstrative action takes place «on a livestock farm, with a breeder of the Algarve churra sheep breed», with the meeting point being the Algoz Parish Council, announced the Algarve Regional Coordination and Development Commission.

In the afternoon, there will be another demonstration, this time on a fruit farm (Quinta do Cabeço), «which uses a flock of sheep to control weeds, reducing the use of equipment and agrochemicals in this control, and contributing to the enrichment of the soil in organic matter ».

The use and dissemination of this technology, based on georeferenced information systems (GIS), is one of the components foreseen in the Revitalgarve Knowledge Action Line.

«This pilot project focuses on five herds (four sheep and one goat). Two electronic collars will be placed per herd, with the aim of monitoring and monitoring the behavior of the animals during the execution of the project. The introduction of this technology will not only make the work of shepherds easier, as it will be possible to know the exact location of their flock via cell phone, but it will also make it possible to obtain other production parameters. It will also promote better management of pasture and territory, especially in maintaining areas that are cleaner and more resilient to rural fires», describes CCDR Algarve.

Revitalgarve is a project financed by the Recovery and Resilience Plan (PRR), based on a network of twelve public and private partners, including the Regional Coordination and Development Commission (CCDR) of the Algarve – Agriculture and Fisheries, «which aims to create a model of organization of the Algarve Food System, based on a Network of Local Producers of the Algarve (RPLA) and the local consumption of products originating in the RPLA».