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Stronger international promotion of natural pest control in association with BioProtection Global

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20 October 2020, UK: The CABI BioProtection Portal – the ground-breaking online bioprotection resource, available on four continents – has strengthened its ability to promote the worldwide adoption of natural pest control by welcoming BioProtection Global (BPG) as an Associate.

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A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been agreed between CABI and BPG – the worldwide federation of biocontrol and biopesticide industry associations – that will see BPG’s member alliances help to promote the use of the CABI BioProtection Portal around the world.

The BPG’s associations are comprised primarily of manufacturers of biocontrol and biopesticide products for professional use in agriculture, public health, forestry, animal health and other non-crop uses.

It is hoped BPG’s influence in the worldwide biocontrol industry will encourage more manufacturers to partner with the CABI BioProtection Portal, which is now available in Spain, Peru, Chile, Brazil, Ghana and Kenya, with more countries coming soon.

A free-to-use-tool, the CABI BioProtection Portal helps growers and pest management advisors identify, source and correctly apply biocontrol and biopesticide products for their specific crop-pest problems.

Dr Ulrich Kuhlmann, Executive Director, Global Operations at CABI said: “Globally, an estimated 40 percent of crops are lost to pests and diseases. The widespread use of chemical pesticides to fight crop pests is not sustainable either economically or environmentally in the long run especially when you factor impacts exacerbated by climate change.

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“CABI is delighted to welcome BioProtection Global as an associate member as our joint collaboration to promote the benefits of more sustainable pest management will not only benefit growers in the short term but also the environment in the medium to long-term future.”

It is predicted that the CABI BioProtection Portal will become the go-to resource for identifying and sourcing biocontrol and biopesticide products. It will be particularly beneficial for growers looking to replace chemical pesticides with biological products in order to meet market or export standards, satisfy consumer demands for healthier and safer food and reduce pressures on the environment.

Nicolás Cock Duque, President of BioProtection Global, said, “The CABI BioProtection Portal brings together in one place the various safer and more environmentally friendly bioprotection products that growers can add to their ‘arsenal’ against crop pests as part of an integrated pest management plan.”

“We are pleased, as an organisation which seeks to promote bioprotection and the broad adoption of the use of its products in integrated pest management programmes – with respect to human health and the environment to provide a more sustainable and regenerative world – to be in association with CABI and the CABI BioProtection Portal.”

The innovative tool, has been made available by CABI in collaboration with its network of partner biocontrol manufacturers (Koppert Biological SystemsSyngentae-nemaand Oro Agri) and donors (the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, African Development Bank, the UK Foreign , Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and the European Commission’s Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development who provide invaluable support in the form of technical inputs, strategic guidance and funding.

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