Sep. 1, 2016
Hamilton Humberto Ramos, a researcher at the Agronomic Institute of Campinas, has noted that the “Spray Well” program has resulted in a reduction in the use of agrochemical by up to 70% in areas that it was employed in Brazil. Being responsible for the program, which was conducted in partnership with Arysta LifeScience, Ramos noted, “It is necessary that this information gets to the field.”
“The work done by the Engineer and Automation Center of IAC has shown that reductions of between 30% and 70% of necessary water and/or agrochemicals for phytosanitary treatment on different crops has over a 90% contamination risk for workers, while over 80% of residue from agrochemicals on food can possibly be reduced by simply working with basic aspects of application of the technology,” said Ramos in an interview with Global Agrochemicals portal.
The “Spray Well” program will mark its being available in the market for ten years in 2017, and has as its main goal the preservation of the environment, protection of the applicator and cost reductions with improved applications of agrochemicals. Further, according to Ramos, the major transformations were the changes in farming practices.
He points out that 50,000 people have participated in the program, as of today, while it is necessary to bring training to two million workers.
In order to reach its goal, IAC has launched the “Unit of Reference on Technology and Security on Application of Agrochemicals”, with its first partner being the National Association of Crop Defense (Andef). The project has the goal of training teachers, as well as professionals, dealership professionals, and others, on the most diverse areas of technology security and applications and to act as multipliers of knowledge.