GYPREG project begins

LIAE will conduct plastering trials with gypsum under laboratory conditions on the most widely used agricultural soils in Latvia in order to demonstrate the effectiveness of the method within the framework of GYPREG project

GYPREG project begins

Gypsum will be incorporated into soilsin Latvia in order to limit the removal of phosphorus from agricultural lands and reduce the eutrophication of the Baltic Sea. Gypsum is a widely found mineral in Latvia with little-studied potential to improve the ability of soil to bind phosphorus. In Finland, soil plastering is subsidized by the state and, on average, this practice reduces the amount of phosphorus entering the aquatic ecosystems by 60-80 tons every year.

Within the framework of GYPREG project LIAE will conduct plastering trials with gypsum under laboratory conditions on the most widely used agricultural soils in Latvia in order to demonstrate the effectiveness of the method. In cooperation with project partners from Finland, Sweden, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, examples of good practice will be adopted and the interest in plastering will be promoted.

At the end of 2023, we visited Finland, where the project kick-off meeting and field demonstrations took place. We even gave an interview to the local newspaper! Follow the news of the project on the website https://interreg-baltic.eu/project/gypreg/

GYPREG is financed by the Interreg Baltic Sea region program and 8 partners will cooperate in the project from 2023 to 2026: Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), Lithuanian Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry, Institute of Technology and Life Sciences – National Research Institute, John Nurminen Foundation, Race for the Baltic, RISE – Research Institutes of Sweden, organisation “Zemnieku saeima” and LIAE.

Photos: Inga Retiķe

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