Due to new regulations important pesticides like Paraquat and Glyphosate are intended to be banned. “Farmers are urgently looking for alternatives” says Dr. Erdle of the DLG Competence Center Agriculture, Germany. The Agritechnica Asia and Horti Asia Digital Talk of 14. October 2020 is focusing on reasons and potential solutions to help farmers in coping with the new legal frameworks.
The global importance of the topic was proven by listeners who participated to the talk virtually from SEA, Africa, Europe, North and South America.
Together with additional organizations Dr. Nagavajara Bedinghaus, Executive Director, Thai Agricultural Innovation Trade Association (TAITA), is supporting the government of Thailand “in bringing in the latest technology of crop protection in Thailand…and to train the farmers to use it correctly and responsibly”. At the same time “it is still important to ban very high risk pesticides that are difficult to manage on farm level” states Dr. Schreinemachers – Lead Scientist of the World Vegetable Center. As in Germany the discussion on banning Glyphosate is still pending “farmers switch to mechanical weed control” and at the same time “companies are developing a variety of new tools” for a more integrated pest management explained Dr. Rebecka Duecker, Institute of Plant Pathology and Crop Protection Division, University of Goettingen.
“Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is not as easy as using chemical pesticides. However, it is worthwhile and have solved the problems of adverse effects of pesticides” summarized Dr. Nuansri Tayaputch, Expert Panel on Chemical Review Committee.
Digital Talks is a monthly series in which experts from different regions of the world exchange views on current topics or problems in agriculture and outline possible solutions or simply encourage further discussion. The listener has the chance to participate in this event free of charge and to address his questions after the respective discussion round. Registration is free, but obligatory.