Portuguese ‘User Network Group’ from the Soilless Protected Cultivation Sector
On September 24th 2018 it was held the 1st Meeting of Portuguese User Network Group from the Soilless Protected Cultivation sector at the GreenUPorto headquarters (Vairão Campus, Vila do Conde), organized by GreenUPorto and INESC-TEC researchers. This meeting took place within the framework of the European project ‘AgriNuPes – Integrated monitoring and control of water, nutrients and plant protection products towards a sustainable agricultural sector’ (www.agrinupes.eu) and was attended by several representatives of the sector (including growers, growers’ organizations, service providers and knowledge transfer platforms). Following the presentation of the project, the limitations and opportunities as well as the research needs of this sector were widely discussed. A Portuguese ‘User Network Group’ of stakeholders was created and it will meet periodically to outline strategies for the development of R&D solutions and promotion of knowledge transfer to the national Protected Cultivation sector.