Bionema sign MoU with Scientia Colombia to Work Together on Sustainable Biocontrol to Fight Major Pests and Diseases
Mar. 26, 2020
* Commercialise new biopesticide products for high value crops in Colombia.
* Transfer knowledge in the field of biopesticides, and
* Provide training to end users in high value crops.
Dr Minshad Ansari, Founder & CEO of Bionema (right) and Milton Najar, CEO of Scientia Colombia (left), sign MoU at AgriTech 2020 mission to Colombia.
With the ecological consequences of food production and agricultural practices coming under increased scrutiny, there is growing public and government support for natural alternatives to the harsh chemical pesticides that have been used for decades to control pests and diseases. Biopesticides are one alternative – these products utilize the natural enemies of plant pests, effectively using nature to control the unnatural population growth brought about by modern intensive farming practices. They are very effective at controlling insect pests, while being non-toxic to humans and the environment, residue-free and highly compatible with other control methods and IPM programmes.
Milton Najar, CEO of Scientia Colombia said: “Partnership between Scientia Colombia and Bionema can develop and commercialise next generation of biopesticide formulations to tackle rising pest and disease problem in high value crops in Colombia. Milton also highlighted the need of eco-friendly solution which benefits producers and consumers”.
Colin Martin-Reynolds CMG, UK Ambassador to Colombia, said “The UK offers world-class technology and innovative solutions that can support Colombia in realising the incredible potential of its agricultural sector. This is a tremendous, concrete result for our second AgriTech Mission, which will bring mutual prosperity both for Colombia and the UK.’’
Debbie Tully, Agri-Food at the Knowledge Transfer Network said "It is great to see this new collaboration resulting from the AgriTech mission to Colombia that KTN played a key part in organising. We look forward to seeing many more UK and Colombian partners connecting as a result of the mission and following the positive impact these collaborations have."
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