Baltic Slurry Acidification ended in February 2019, but is now one of the four projects forming an Interreg Agri Project Platform SuMaNu.
SuMaNu stands for Sustainable manure and nutrient management for reduction of nutrient loss in the Baltic Sea Region. The projects are Baltic Slurry Acidification, Manure Standards, GreenAgri and BONUS PROMISE. The aim of SuMaNu is to the gather and synthesize the best practices and recommendations on sustainable nutrient management found in the member projects.
Baltic Slurry Acidification showed that acidification of slurry is an effective way to reduce ammonia emissions from agriculture and that there is no harm to soil from applying acidified slurry. The project also showed that there are no barriers that could not be overcome for implementation of SAT technologies in the Baltic Sea Region countries. However, political incentives are needed.
Manure Standards develops joint guidelines for more efficient collection and usage of manure data. GreenAgri aims at reducing nutrient losses in the Baltic States by introducing and testing environmentally-friendly management of organic fertilizers. BONUS PROMISE evaluates methods to close the agricultural phosphorus cycle with a special view on contamination risks when recycling the organic waste materials. Also, the findings of previous projects, such as Baltic Manure, Baltic Compass and Baltic Compact will be considered.
SuMaNu is coordinated by the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), the partners of the platform are HELCOM, the Foundation for a Living Baltic Sea (BSAG), the Estonian Crop Research Institute (ECRI), the Union Farmers Parliament (ZSA), the Organe Institute Aps, the Agricultural Advisory Center in Brwinow (CDR), the Julius-Kühn–Institut (JKI), and the Research Institute of Sweden (RISE).
SuMaNu will run until March 2021. Its website can be found in April 2019 on the address www.balticsumanu.eu.