Sooner or later, the world of horticulture and viticulture will have to face the issue of point source pollution. At present, wash waters are dispersed in the soil, as are those few liters that remain at the bottom of the sprayer. The company Agrin has developed Agrobox, a technology that allows the collection and purification of water. The system is not intended for individual companies, but for consortia, cooperatives and farmer organizations.
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"After almost 6 years of tests in the laboratory and on site, and the approval of the project funded by the Veneto Region PSR Measure 16, we are ready to launch the product on the market. This project has partnered with the University of Padua, some important farms and the Chelab laboratory. Agrobox allows a sustainable management of the washing of sprayers and tractors and of the consequent contaminated water," explained Marco Galli.
"With the Agrobox system we are able to recover washing waters contaminated by organic substances such as hydrocarbons, phytosanitary products and heavy metals and, through a complex filtration system based on reverse osmosis, we are able to extract all these contaminants from the waters and 90-95% of them can be reused for the next washings. The remaining 5-10% of the contaminants will have to be disposed of in a compliant manner. I think Agrobox offers not only a useful solution for farmers and the environment, but it can also be an opportunity to communicate to and reach a wider audience," continued Galli.
The problem of water contamination caused by phytosanitary products is an important matter in Italy, but it also applies to the rest of Europe and the world. One of the main sources of pollution is the so-called point source pollution, for which the washing processes of spraying machines and tractors are considered the main culprit," concluded Galli.