The worldwide concern over the disappearance of pollinators has led to the creation of numerous programs to protect those that remain and help increase their populations.
Polinizup is a pioneering project that has been created with this objective in mind. It aims to increase the populations of these insects by creating habitats adapted to the insect species and the local conditions. The project was presented this week in Merida by the agrarian organization UPA-UCE Extremadura.
The plan, which has already been implemented in the Pizarro area of Caceres, involves studying the population of wild pollinators following the planting of natural weeds that favor their development. The quantity and quality of natural pollinators is then monitored. The project also aims to demonstrate the improvement of the fruit setting in stone fruit.
Pollution, climate change and other factors have killed more than a quarter of the bee population in twenty years, according to UPA-UCE. Now, this species and others of equal importance for the pollination of flowers will count on producers as allies thanks to Polinizup.
Another part of the project involves carrying out analyses to find out which herbaceous plants are more suitable to favor pollinators and other beneficial insects, as well as the monitoring of pollinator populations.