OCP Group, the global leader in plant nutrition and the world’s largest producer of phosphate-based fertilizers is pleased to announce a partnership for an initial carbon farming and certification project across Matto Grosso - the agricultural region which produces the majority of Brazil’s livestock and grains - alongside the farmers’ cooperative Bioline by Invivo, and agtech company, Agrorobótica.
The selected farmer is an early adopter of new technologies. At this point, the project will be covering areas of cotton, soybean and corn, which are representative of Brazilian agriculture.
The partnership will encourage regenerative farming practices to enhance yield and soil quality through personalized digital solutions that are tailored to the area and the crop. To do this the project will apply Agrorobótica’s AI-led soil analysis tool – Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) – to measure, report and verify carbon content and sequestration potential. LIBS is an analytical technique that uses a high-focused laser to create a micro plasma on the surface of the soil sample, in order to determine its elemental composition without generating any harmful chemical residues.
LIBS generates insights that enables a farmer to adopt the regenerative practices needed for sustainable agriculture. These practices enhance the soil’s capacity to sequester carbon and improve soil health and fertility, which in turn reduces carbon emissions, supports food security and helps to increase returns for farmers.
The carbon credits generated from the project provide a valuable source of income for the farmer and OCP will put the carbon credits that it receives from this partnership towards its own objectives of achieving Net Zero carbon emissions by 2040.
The partnership is OCP’s first step into carbon farming, reflecting its strategy to lead a sustainable agriculture transformation and encourage innovative smart practices to enhance yields and soil quality.