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CHILE: School launches agriculture sustainability project

Salesian Catemu Agricultural School in Catemu, Chile

Salesian Catemu Agricultural School in Catemu begins terracing project


(MissionNewswire) The Salesian Catemu Agricultural School in Catemu, Chile, launched a terracing project in October, led by the Ceres Center, a regional institution to promote sustainable development. Terracing projects represent an important step toward the sustainability of agriculture and rural areas. The day was led by Roxana Lebuy, director of the landscape, territory and rural development program at the Ceres Center.

During the event, Lebuy shared her experience and knowledge with the students and explained that terracing is based on the transfer of a water harvesting technique inspired by nature, respecting contour lines to reduce erosion and increase water efficiency. This technique allows water to accumulate in the soil for longer, penetrating the deeper layers. It also increases the biological activity of the soil, which is essential for organic cultivation.

A Salesian explained, “Another key aspect of the project is the subsequent planting of mycorrhizal fungi on the terraces, which nourish the soil without the need for chemicals. This approach is a fundamental part of the Salesian school’s commitment to sustainable and environmentally friendly agricultural practices.”

The project will be developed in seven provinces in the region, and the Catemu Agricultural School is the center in its province. The Ceres Center will supervise the project and train the students in all stages of the process.

Salesian missionaries provide education and social development programs for poor youth in Chile. Once finished with primary and secondary school, students can advance for higher education. Salesian technical schools cater to students who have dropped out of school and are seeking a second chance. In many programs, students complete their education while engaging in internships with local employers. This increases the students’ hands-on work experience and ability to gain livable wage employment after their studies are completed.



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