ARATIBIOTECH Limited: Apo Spark light Mall, Opposite Living Faith Church, Durumi District , Suite BD9 First Floor, Abuja, Nigeria.
Contact Person: Ayodele A. Otaiku
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Tel: +234 803-3721-219
WHAT IS A BIOPESTICIDE?
Biopesticides, a contraction of ‘biological pesticides’, include several types of pest management intervention: through predatory, parasitic, or chemical relationships. The term has been associated historically with biological control – and by implication – the manipulation of living organisms. Our ‘agro-investment’ emphasis:
- National food security strategies;
- Protection of land & natural resource rights;
- How can these be met?
- Investment in sustaining smallholders, pastoralists, fishers and indigenous people rather than sustaining consumers, ‘new agriculture’- containing smallholders win/win value chains;
- Peasant agriculture as impoverished baseline for development (paradigm shift).
Biopesticide Controls of Plant Diseases
The need to feed an ever-growing global population combined with increasing demand for sustainable agricultural practices has fuelled a significant rise in demand for biopesticides. Biopesticides offer unique benefits all along the food value chain, providing additional options for growers, buyers, dealers, consultants and retailers. While biopesticides have been around for more than 50 years, the market has experienced its most significant period of growth in terms of both sales and user acceptance over the past five years. The use of biopesticides has become a common practice in many horticultural crop protection programs. Biopesticides are effective tools in integrated pest management (IPM) programs for helping to manage resistance to synthetic chemical pesticides and reduce worker and environmental exposure to synthetic pesticides. Multiple studies have documented the development of resistance by pathogen and pest populations to chemical pesticides. Conversely, the risks of developing resistance to biopesticides are extremely low – even as biopesticide use continues to increase.
Biopesticides Offer Significant Benefits to Growers
Managing pests in ways that leave little or no toxic residues, have minimal impact on non-target organisms, and are not prone to pest resistance has always been a challenge in modern agricultural systems. Additionally, enhancing product quality, residue management, labour and harvest flexibility and worker and environmental safety are all challenges growers face. Consumers are becoming more aware of environmental concerns and are asking for chemical-free crops. Nearly all biopesticides are most effectively used as preventive treatments. Since they deploy multiple Modes of Action (MOAs) to suppress pests and pathogens, development of resistance to these multiple factors by target organisms is extremely unlikely. Combinations of two or more of the characteristics described below prevent the development of resistance to biopesticides.
Nigeria has about 98.2m hectares of which 71.2m hectares are cultivable, only about 34.2m hectares have actually been cultivated and only about 1% of the arable land is irrigated. Strong potential for agro value-chain in Nigeria; of the 923 million square kilometres in Nigeria:
- Over 90 percent of Nigeria is arable
- 40 percent is cultivated, and
iii. Only 10 percent is properly cultivated.
- Value-added activities are low.