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Several biocontrol solutions against pest and diseases in apples/pears in Belgium
Apple (Malus spp.)and pear (Pyrus spp.)/pest insects and diseases/predatory insects and mites, mating disruption, habitat improvement
In 1988, 3rd generation fruit farmer decides to decrease chemical load of broad-spectrum chemicals in their fruit orchard. 30 years later they reduced the chemical load by 90% by applying agroecological practices in an IPM scheme;
Releasing of predatory mites, mating disruption, safeguarding natural enemies by habitat improvement through creating hiding places (hedges, nesting boxes), water purification by reeds,..
Technical result: : Apple and pear production with 90% reduction of chemicals, increased biodiversity
Economic result: Better pest control of complete fruit production, at lower cost
Sustainability (ecological, social and economical) Gains:
Increased biodiversity enabling more resilient fruit cropping systems
Reduced reliance on chemical pesticides, restoring natural balances
Enables regenerative land use practices: combining agricultural production and nature
Enabling good animal welfare by providing adequate habitats
Demonstrates good governance cross pollinating the rest of the sector
Enables worker and consumer health and wellbeing
Promotes quality nutritious apple production
Supports farmers’ livelihood and value distribution
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