The Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) and the company Idai Nature, through its Bioinsecticides Chair, organised a conference on the present and the future of biopesticides in Agriculture.
Through this initiative the two institutions seek to promote biopesticides as “an effective and natural alternative to chemical methods.” The event yielded an overview from the point of view of producers and different regulatory bodies, with the aim of promoting the widespread use of these types of products and providing a glimpse at the regulatory situation that will affect them in the future.
Among those on hand were prestigious experts in the field: Dr. Jaime Primo Millo, Professor of Chemistry at the UPV; Mr. Jose Antonio Rico, President of the Ecological Agriculture Committee of the Region of Valencia (CAECV): Mr. Juan Salvador Torres, General Secretary of the Valencian Association of Farmers (AVA-ASAJA); and Mr. Valentín Almansa de Lara, General Director of Healthy Agricultural Production. Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and the Environment.
Idai Nature-UPV Bioinsecticides Chair
The Idai Nature-UPV Bioinsecticides Chair at the Polytechnic University of Valencia’s Advanced Agricultural Engineering School was founded to carry out and promote research into botanical extracts featuring bio-insecticidal applications for pest prevention.
Idai Nature CEO Carlos Ledó described some of the Chair’s most important projects, such as pre-doctoral and postdoctoral fellowships, and prizes for final academic projects, papers, and idea contests.
The Chair also includes the implementation of research and development activities through chairs, such as the pursuit of joint lines of research and cooperation on research projects in Valencia and at the national and European levels.
Finally, Ledó stated that “Idai Nature will make available to all farmers the environmentally friendly products it develops.”