BioBee’s Integrated Pest Management (IPM) solutions have been successfully implemented by pepper growers throughout the world. They are particularly effective in combatting the devastating effects of mite, thrip, aphid, caterpillar and whitefly infestations, as well other pests. BioBee’s IPM solutions significantly reduce these infestations levels and increase the percentage of marketable yields. Of these potential infestations, the red spider mite (Tetranychus urticae) is the most challenging. BioBee’s BioPersimilis provides growers with predatory mites (Phytoseiulus persimilis) that can bring red spider mite infestations under control.
Several pepper varieties are grown in South Africa, mainly in Gauteng province (in the Highveld and Lowveld areas), the Northern, Eastern and Western Capes, Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal. Approximately 300 hectares of arable land in South African is dedicated to pepper farming, both protected and open-field cultivations, and which primarily supplies local markets.
BioBee’s approach to IPM is multifaceted, employing multiple strategies to achieve the optimal result. In addition to the gradual release of host-specific natural enemies, BioBee recommends that growers use selective “non-harmful” chemical pesticides when needed. This strategy helps growers transition from using “harsh” chemicals, which are dangerous to the human population and the environment and have long-lasting residues. It has also been proven to increase marketable crop yield, and as a result, increases profits.
With BioBee, growers meet the strict legislation in Europe, the U.S., Japan and other countries regarding MRLs (maximum residue levels), as well as GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) requirements, including GLOBALGAP (a voluntary standard required by many supermarket chains in Europe). Produce grown with BioBee requires minimal pesticide use.
BioBee’s staff is extensively trained in the IPM method, and works directly with growers to produce a tailor-made IPM program to meet his or her individual needs. This customized program is successfully implemented with the ongoing oversight and guidance of BioBee’s staff.