BioBee’s Integrated Pest Management (IPM) solutions have been implemented by South African tomatoes growers, reducing the use of pesticides significantly.
Tomatoes are a crucial part of the vegetable market in South Africa, which produces over 500,000 tons of tomatoes annually. They are grown on over 6,000 hectares of land in approximately 200 varieties, both in open-field and protected cultivation.
Tomatoes plants are vulnerable to a variety of pests, including the red spider mite, Tetranychus urticae; leafminers the green house whitefly Trialeurodes vaporariorum, and or the sweet potatoe whitefly Bemisia tabaci ; thrips; and the citrus rust mite, Phyllocoptruta oleivora and in some countries the tomato leafminer Tuta absoluta.
BioBee offers several effective natural enemies against these pest including: BioPersimilis (Phytoseiulus persimilis) predatory mite against spidermites, BioDiglyphus (Diglyphus isaea) parasitic wasp against leafminers, and BioNesidiocoris (Nesidiocoris tenuis) mirid bug against whiteflies and Tuta absoluta. By using BioBee Natural Enemies, farmers can reduce significantly the use of chemical sprays and avoid the waiting periods after chemicals spraying.
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 spray program, 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.