IPM and Biocontrol solutions also help improve sustainability
November 14, 2023 by IAPPS
1 min read Certis Belchim
30 October 2023, Europe: The second Innovation panel of the Biofruit Congress focussed on the latest Biocontrol and IPM innovations that also contribute to improve sustainability
The 6th international BIOFRUIT CONGRESS run during Fruit Attraction, organized by Eurofresh Distribution and IFEMA, included for the second time a session on Innovation and sustainability. Last’s year focus was on post-harvest innovations, this year’s panel on Biocontrol and other IPM innovations which help reduce the farm footprint at the level of disease and pest management. The use of Biocontrol solutions alone is calculated to have an average 30% lesser footprint than the use of chemical products alone. The reduction is higher when their applications are also more effective. Biocontrol leaders Certis Belchim, Bioline and Koppert, as well as Kimitec research center (Maavi Foundation), shared their latest and future innovations which help to improve both crop protection solutions and sustainability.
Biorationals, chemicals, pheromones, botanicals, vegetation cover… a clear and unique IPM concept under the Growing For The Future umbrella, Certis Belchim has been developing combined biocontrol and chemical solutions to grow residue-free crops in both greenhouse and field production. “Residue-free is possible in many crops today, thanks to the combination of our natural and chemical solutions” confirms Pedro Juan, Head of Food Chain Management. It has been possible due to Certis Belchim’s cooperation across the entire food chain. “Growing for the future” or G4TF is Certis Belchim’s food chain value-proposition, developed since 2012 to help growers and exporters to meet today’s residue level requirements of the European retailers, 50 to 70% lower than the European MRL, as well as the EU objectives of sustainability for the future: 50% reduction of the use of pesticides, 25% of production organic and 50% reduction of food loss.
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