Through a new agreement, both entities are continuing the joint actions they have carried out since 2007 for research related to efficient fertilisation, with the aim of contributing to a competitive and sustainable agriculture.
- As a result of this agreement, which will be valid for an initial period of three years, Fertiberia will participate with the UPM in the design, organisation and dissemination of different promotional and research activities in the field of efficient and sustainable fertilisation.
- In turn, the UPM will make its teaching and research staff and the scientific-technical and administrative infrastructure necessary for the development of the actions available for this collaboration.
The Polytechnic University of Madrid and Grupo Fertiberia have renewed the collaboration they have maintained for more than 16 years with the creation of a new Fertiberia Chair of Environmental Studies. This Chair was established for the first time in 2007 and, with the signing of the new agreement, both entities are continuing their collaboration to jointly carry out activities and projects with the aim of contributing to scientific and technological development in the area of environmentally efficient and sustainable fertilisation.
In order to fulfil its mission, the renewed Chair contemplates activities such as the promotion of studies on aspects related to efficient and environmentally friendly fertilisation , the development of research activity on new fertilisers and new agricultural techniques, and the dissemination of knowledge and technologies on better mineral nutrition practices. Located at the UPM's School of Agricultural, Food and Biosystems Engineering (ETSIAAB), it also promotes cooperation in programmes, both for professionals and for students and graduates of this centre.
"We work to make agriculture productive, profitable and sustainable and to ensure that fertilisers are put to better use and sustainability is guaranteed. With this uninterrupted collaboration since 2007, we can link the research potential of the Polytechnic University of Madrid with the research potential of Grupo Fertiberia to achieve these objective”, said Javier Goñi, CEO of Grupo Fertiberia, during the signing of the new agreement.
As a result of this agreement, which will be valid for an initial period of three years, Fertiberia will participate with the UPM in the design, organisation and dissemination of different promotional and research activities in the field of efficient and sustainable fertilisation. In turn, the UPM will make its teaching and research staff and the scientific-technical and administrative infrastructure necessary for the development of the actions available for this collaboration.
UPM Chancellor, Mr Guillermo Cisneros, stressed that collaborations of this type allow for the implementation of new trends in precision agriculture and digitisation of agriculture. "The business sector has played a very important role in the development of the Common Agricultural Policy, aimed at providing quality and accessible food for the citizens of the European Union. At UPM, we cannot conceive of innovation that does not come involve companies, and this agreement demonstrates the collaboration between a leading company in its field and a top-level university," said Cisneros.
"Today we are continuing with a Chair that is promoting more advanced techniques in the management of soils and their nutrients and that serves as an entry point for new technologies in this sector," explains José Manuel Palacios, director of the School of Agricultural, Food and Biosystems Engineering (ETSIAAB).
Among the activities carried out within the framework of the Fertiberia Chair of Agri-environmental Studies, an annual Fertilisation for Sustainable Agriculture Conference is held at the UPM to address issues of interest to professionals and students related to the agricultural world. We also hold an awards ceremony for the Best Final Undergraduate Projects and Theses and Master's Degree Projects, which recognise excellent quality work or projects carried out at UPM centres in the field of fertilisation.
More about Fertiberia
Grupo Fertiberia is a leader in the plant nutrition sector in Europe and also produces environmental solutions for industry and other sectors.
The company has 14 production centres throughout the Iberian Peninsula and France.
Fertiberia's vision is to lead the green hydrogen value chain of the future in Europe to decarbonise agriculture and other sectors such as industry and transport, as well as to continue leading the development of sustainable, high added value solutions for crop nutrition.
It is also the first company in its sector to commit to achieving zero net emissions by 2035. The company belongs to Triton Partners, which is driving its growth to make this Spanish company leader in the fertilisation of the future, allowing farmers to obtain higher yields with the highest level of environmental sustainability.