An IPM approach

As global leaders, our goal is to develop biorational solutions for soils and root health, plant vitality and pest control. Our vision is for these solutions to be available to all.

The goal of every farmer, regardless of crop, is to grow healthy plants which will produce the best possible yields, at the highest quality, as cost effectively as possible; and to do this across all growing seasons.

An IPM approach

As global leaders, our goal is to develop biorational solutions for soils and root health, plant vitality and pest control. Our vision is for these solutions to be available to all.

The goal of every farmer, regardless of crop, is to grow healthy plants which will produce the best possible yields, at the highest quality, as cost effectively as possible; and to do this across all growing seasons.

At Andermatt in Africa, we believe that through leveraging the value found in both synthetic chemistry and biorational solutions one can, and does, achieve a sum which is greater than its parts.
A mind-set change in how one approaches farming is often needed to achieve this however, and the approach which provides the framework for this is Integrated Pest Management (IPM).

IPM as an approach to effective and sustainable commercial agriculture in Africa.

Each farmer has their own specific methodology for producing crops at a profit, given their unique circumstances. This makes farming an art, a science and a business. IPM is a holistic approach which all farmers can use to guide production of healthy, high-quality crops in an economically viable, socially acceptable, and environmentally safe manner. By doing this, the entire system can be driven to produce healthy plants in a sustainable growing environment. This is desirable, as a compartmentalised outlook often leads to reactive management which can be more costly and less effective.

Andermatt Sustainability Cycle

Dr. Surendra Dara, IPM Model

As illustrated in Dara’s recent, new IPM model below, rather than just the actions of the producer being critical, it is the interactions between the producer, the seller and the consumer which are relevant. These relationships are driven from the centre of the model outwards by the four key pillars, being: proper communication; planning and organisation; access to and sharing of knowledge and resources; and finally, pest management.
“Healthy crops have higher yield potentials and are better equipped to withstand the effects of stress and pests than a weak crop” – Rod Bell, CEO of CropLife South Africa.

Biological solutions are deserving of more recognition in a farmer’s ‘IPM tool kit’ as they deliver significant value independently. When deployed synergistically with synthetic chemistry the sum is often more than the parts. This requires technical and practical ‘in field’ guidance for appropriate application.

This is a key focus area for the Andermatt in Africa team, to provide quality product support directly or via our in-country partners, who have received extensive and in-depth training on our solutions.

As illustrated in Dara’s recent, new IPM model below, rather than just the actions of the producer being critical, it is the interactions between the producer, the seller and the consumer which are relevant. These relationships are driven from the centre of the model outwards by the four key pillars, being: proper communication; planning and organisation; access to and sharing of knowledge and resources; and finally, pest management.
“Healthy crops have higher yield potentials and are better equipped to withstand the effects of stress and pests than a weak crop” – Rod Bell, CEO of CropLife South Africa.

Biological solutions are deserving of more recognition in a farmer’s ‘IPM tool kit’ as they deliver significant value independently. When deployed synergistically with synthetic chemistry the sum is often more than the parts. This requires technical and practical ‘in field’ guidance for appropriate application.

This is a key focus area for the Andermatt in Africa team, to provide quality product support directly or via our in-country partners, who have received extensive and in-depth training on our solutions.

Dr. Surendra Dara, IPM Model

Andermatt’s IPM Toolkit

Andermatt provides a range of solutions which fall in two main groups.

Biostimulants help grow a stronger, more resilient crop for better yield potential and improved tolerance of stress, both environmental and pathogen/pest related.

The Biomanagement range targets pest and disease pressures directly.

At Andermatt, we recognise nine solution categories that have a role to play in the growers IPM Toolbox.

At Andermatt in Africa, we offer growers solutions in seven of these categories. The two not covered are synthetic chemistry (conventional solutions) and cultural practices (e.g. planting sacrificial or trap crops, and crop sanitation).

Product key:
Green – IPM category solutions available from Andermatt in Africa
Red – IPM category solutions unavailable from Andermatt in Africa