Soil modification. Scarabaeus
Since 2019, the company has been implementing LVPA Project No J05—LVPA-K-04-0095 “Scarabaeus agricultural machine research and development” to develop an industrial prototype of the Scarabaeus agricultural machine for the local application of fertilizers or ameliorants to the soil's bottom layer and/or subsoil, subsequently enabling a 5-fold reduction of applied fertilizer or ameliorant, in order to efficiently develop the agronomic properties of fertile soil in degraded or sandy desert soils.
Funding is provided under the 2014-2020 Measure No. J05-LVPA-K “Intelligence. Joint Science-Business Projects” of the European Union Funds Investment Operational Program Priority 1 “Promotion of Research, Experimental Development and Innovation”.
The project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund
Project value EUR 456,460.02;
Implementation period of the project activities: from 2019-02-08 to 15/06/2021.
Monitoring of artificially created soil by using Scarabaeus technology is ongoing from 2021 to 2022.
Researchers from the Academy of Agriculture of Vytautas Magnus University and the Latvia University of Agriculture are participating in this project as scientific consultants. Methodological practical consultations are carried out by scientists from the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, who have 5 years of practical experience in using ameliorant/fertilizer from sapropel for regeneration degraded and desertified soils in arid zones. Project Manager Petras Steponavičius, Head of the Researches dr. Ginutis Juozapavičius. Scarabeus field tests of the developed agricultural machine are carried out in the Serapiniškės gravel quarry.
Further research of the Scarabaeus technology developed in this project for modification nonproductive soil to a level suitable for crop production is planned in an arid zone in the province of Almeria in Spain.
Everyone who is interested in Scarabaeus technology is invited to receive updates about the progress of the project.