Andermatt’s vision for Africa is focused on feeding the continent sustainably, as well as strengthening African economies through the export of high quality, residue-free, healthy food.
Andermatt Business Development Director, Andre Fox opened the conference with the key objective being to improve collaboration between suppliers, distributors, product managers and the market.
The key discussion topics were rooted in the successful integration of biological solutions into existing integrated pest management (IPM) systems. Emphasis was placed on the need for these to be ‘farmer friendly’ with regards to application methods, efficacy, quality and value. Future solutions are essential to the future of all markets and within the Andermatt group the pipeline is strong.
The final day was allocated to farm visits and the delegates relished the opportunity to learn more about agriculture in Kenya. A highlight was the site visit to the Andermatt Kenya Macrobial production site and demo from the host team. Demo trials featuring 10 different locally grown crops, using a range of different crop production inputs attracted much attention and discussion – the proof is in the pudding as they say.
The team also had the privilege to visit local growers to engage with the technical and commercial teams on key challenges and opportunities. We’d like to extend our sincere thanks to Ol Njorowa Rose Farm, Stokman Kenya Production Nursery and Royal De Ruiter Rose Breeders for hosting our team.
‘Ultimately, as Andermatt we must be farmer led. It is up to our collective teams to champion future biological farming solutions, providing a ‘toolbox’ of credible natural solutions, in a world demanding the same.’– Hamish Ker, Commercial Manager: Kenya and Eastern Africa.
The Andermatt in Africa conference offered the ideal platform to realise the power of the collective expertise within the global Andermatt group. We are proud to bring African growers the best the world has to offer in innovative and sustainable biological solutions.