Seipasa, Agroquímicos Torre-Pacheco and the Department of Education of Los Alcázares promote a project to recover school gardens destroyed by last September’s floods

April 6, 2020
Reconstruction of school gardens in Los Alcazares
Employees working on the reconstruction of the school garden located in the courtyard of Al-Kazar state school.

Seipasa, the Spanish company specialised in the development and formulation of biopesticides, biostimulants and fertilizers for agriculture, and Agroquímicos Torre-Pacheco, a distributor of phytosanitary products in the region of Murcia, have partnered up to promote a project to recover the organic garden at Al-kazar state school, located in the town of Los Alcázares, Murcia.   

The floods caused by the torrential downpours last September seriously affected the irrigation system and trees at the school facilities making the garden unusable for pupils. The reconstruction project will help get this area back into operation and will involve repairs and the updating of the irrigation system and all the sprinkler electrovalves. New soil will be put down and conditioned so that school children can start growing their organic vegetables again. 

In the opinion of Juan Manuel López, Seipasa’s Marketing Manager, recovering this school garden is a key project that will help children learn about the important role that agriculture plays in our society. 

As he goes on to explain, “This is an educational project that teaches values, so that children can learn why our primary sector is so crucial. Murcia is one of the most important fruit and vegetable-growing regions in Spain.  It is essential for the new generations to fully understand and appreciate the value of agriculture in our daily life, especially from the point of view of sustainability and respect for the environment, which are the two pillars of Seipasa’s Natural Technology model”.

Agriculture and teaching values

José Manuel Saura, Sales Manager at Agroquímicos Torre-Pacheco, highlighted the fact that the project will recover an important learning and training space at the school, which up to now has been totally inoperative for pupils. 

He also added that “As companies we need to be socially responsible and return to society part of what we receive from it. This project is a step in that direction. The garden at Al-kazar school is an organic vegetable garden so that our objective here is to ensure that agriculture and healthy, sustainable food form part of the set of values children are taught at school”.

Marina Gema Gárate, head of studies at Al-kazar school and Los Alcázares Town Hall Councillor for Education, thanked Seipasa and Agroquímicos Torre-Pacheco for their involvement in this project and underlined the significant role that the organic garden plays in the school’s activities. 

Almost 250 pupils study at Al-kazar state school in its pre-school and primary cycles. The work on rebuilding the school garden began on 12th March but unfortunately had to be interrupted because of the exceptional circumstances decreed by the Spanish Government to halt the advance of Covid-19.

It is important to recall that the heavy rains recorded last September caused serious damage at various locations along the south-east coast, especially in the regions of Valencia, Almería and Murcia. The town of Los Alcázares recorded 292 litres per square metre and according to municipal sources the economic losses caused by the rainfall amounted to more than 100 million Euros. 

About Seipasa

Seipasa is a pioneering company in the formulation and development of treatments for natural crop protection, biostimulation and nutrition. For over 20 years the company has formulated and registered high technological value solutions that are applied in the most demanding agricultural systems in the world. Seipasa is established in more than 25 countries worldwide

About Agroquímicos Torre-Pacheco

Agroquímicos Torre-Pacheco is a company dedicated to providing technical assessment and distributing phytosanitary treatments in the area of Campo de Cartagena, Murcia. Since it was set up in 2000, the company has specialised in marketing and selling solutions for residue-free fruit and vegetable growing.