Special collaboration on integrated pest management (IPM) in the chrysanthemum sector

Six large propagators in the chrysanthemum sector have teamed up to further reduce the use of chemicals in cuttings in Africa. With the aim of achieving this common goal, the unique corporate group Dekker Chrysanten, Deliflor Chrysanten, Dümmen Orange, Floritec, Royal van Zanten and Armada (since 2020) have been working closely together since 2017 (since 2020). Your efforts have already provided the results you need and much insight for the future.

The companies joined forces in 2017 because of the common need to produce plant material in Africa with as few chemicals as possible and to ship it to the Netherlands. The propagation companies are united by the ambition to offer customers a high-quality, sustainable product that is manufactured with due consideration for nature, the environment and working conditions. Their goal is to play a leading role in making the chrysanthemum production chain more sustainable. They acknowledge that the steps required to achieve their ambitious goal of producing cuttings in Africa without the use of chemicals can only be achieved through collaboration.

In doing so, the distributors also take into account the increasing social pressure and the demands of end customers, such as retailers, to produce more sustainably. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has the highest priority for all involved and they are fully committed to the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations from 2015. The companies have taken a logical step towards the IPM-related goals.

It quickly became clear that achieving their demanding IPM goals would be an intense and costly journey, and that only through concerted efforts, funding, and open knowledge sharing could they achieve the desired result. On this basis, a steering committee and a working group with representatives from all companies involved were set up. All parties work together in full transparency and autonomy with no direct commercial gain.

The collaboration is now bearing its first fruits. Over the past 4 years, the group has carried out all the necessary tests and collected extensive data on their joint test site in Kenya. The study carried out in Kenya has now been completed. It has been shown that there is potential to produce cuttings in Africa with fewer chemicals, so that the cuttings produced can be easily shipped to the Netherlands. The desire to produce 100% pest and disease-free cuttings with IPM remains a challenge. Therefore, the Steering Committee has indicated its intention to continue working together and focus its efforts on achieving the stated objective.

The Steering Committee will organize a virtual meeting on February 1st to share research results and further develop the knowledge gained. More information will follow shortly.

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