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Steering committee meeting in Cuarterola

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On November 14th and 15th, the project partners met at the Cuarterola estate, owned by Ángel Camacho Group to evaluate the development of the project. During these days, the status of the different LIFE actions was examined, specially the preparation and implementation actions, in the presence of the EU monitoring officer, Neil Wilkie. The obstacles faced by the project were also addressed and the financial details of Laser Fence were discussed. Project members unable to attend in person also participated in the meeting via Skype.

Finally, several visits to the Ángel Camacho Group were conducted to see the lasers which are installed there, and the products offered by the Group were tasted. The partners thank the Ángel Camacho Group for the excellent organization of the event.


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Volterra promotes Laser Fence Project to key players in the farm industry in Spain

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Sven Kallen and Egbert Sonneveld were invited to the event ‘challenges and opportunities in application of technology on farm land’ in Carmona on last October 6th. They got the opportunity to present the Life Laser Fence project and especially Agrilaser Handheld and Autonomic to Fran Gálvez, Managing Director of Galpagro and to Pedro Palazón, Technical Director of Ideagro. Both are agricultural consultancy companies very much into sustainable solutions on the farm. Galpagro works close together with project partner Angel Camacho group who was invited as well but finally could not attend.

Both Ideagro and Galpagro expressed that they are looking forward to see the positive results of the project in Cucanoche, Cuarterola and Eolo Arroz. They confirmed that wild life, both mammals and birds, are a problem for today’s agriculture. Probably the animals can be directed to areas where they are less harmful.

 


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Meeting in Cuarterola between Angel Camacho Group and Volterra

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On August 23rd Egbert Sonneveld from Volterra visited the Cuarterola site of the Angel Camacho Group. He was received by Felipe Pizarro, head of production, who introduced him to Angela Cuevas from Cudema, subcontracted by the Angel Camacho, and who took over the responsibility of technical management of the Laser Fence project. The first Agrilaser Autonomic has just been installed in Cuarterola on a 7 meter high pole and with permanent power supply. The Agrilaser still needs to be programmed and should be operational within short. Egbert also offered to help with the organization of the upcoming Life Laser Fence partner meeting to be held in from November 15th to 17th in Cuarterola.
The visitors also made a round of the property with the Agrilaser Handheld so see the reaction of the animals in the middle of the day. Surprisingly a rabbit and a duck were not reacting to the laser at all even if the green spot could be clearly seen. The technical explanation by BCG was that animals in the middle of the day with maximum sun shine and temperatures far above 30°C have a totally different reaction to the laser than at dawn or dusk when they are more active and looking for food or a place to sleep.


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