Laboratory, HPC Technology and ZERO residue | IdaiNature in Ghana

Innovation

Innovation

HPC NANOTECHNOLOGY

Our HPC Nanotechnology® improves protection and persistence in the soil via absorption and transport in the plant.

Idai Nature uses HPC technology when formulating its last gen products, based on a studied and balanced, unique combination of hydroxypolycarboxylic acids associated with natural, organic materials used as a complexing agent of macro- and microelements, to achieve total absorption of these elements. You can learn more by watching the following video.

Diploma EIBT

Idai Nature empresa Innovadora de Base Tecnológica (EIBT)

Las EIBTs son empresas que operan en sectores de alta tecnología, lo cual significa que tienen una inversión en investigación superior a la media. Este prestigioso certificado pone de manifiesto por tanto, la apuesta de Idai Nature por la I+D+i.

lifewastegreen

Idai Nature en el Proyecto LIFE Waste4green

La Comisión Europea aprueba este proyecto LIFE para mitigar los efectos adversos sobre el medio ambiente y la salud humana de los pesticidas de origen químico que se utilizan en el cultivo de fruta de hueso.

We seek to discover botanical and mineral extracts with biostimulant, biofungicide and bioinsecticide action and, thus, carry out scientific investigation on the activity of natural substances. 

Idai Nature has its own R&D&I laboratory, staffed by chemists and agronomists, and it is designed with state-of-the-art formulas combining natural ingredients and the most advanced technology to achieve maximum precision in the field.


To demonstrate their scientific validity, all our formulations are tested internally in our experimental trial plot, as well as externally in collaboration with universities and agronomic research centers. 

Frequently asked questions about Zero Residue 

How and why did Zero Residue agriculture start?

There is a trend towards food safety. In addition to feeding a growing population with limited resources as a priority, public opinion values doing so from a sustainable development model, including, among others, a commitment to social welfare and environmental friendliness.

This fact has been reflected in consumer’s being more demanding in their requirements. They have shown a preference for acquiring food free of residues from synthetically manufactured chemical materials, which has resulted in a greater restriction of the distribution chain to suppliers at the time of accepting, marketing and offering fruits and vegetables.

That is how Zero Residue Agriculture began, i.e. as a result of people’s consideration for the environment they inhabit and, consequently, of the market demand, which no longer only accepts production and consumption, but also claims to do so in accordance with a green, sustainable philosophy.

Is it the same as organic farming?

No. Although they have certain similarities, and even the inputs used for organic farming can be used in zero residue production, the bodies that certify the different methods of cultivating follow different criteria. In the former case, the materials used during the crop cycle and post-harvest must be comprised within the regulations established by the corresponding certifiers, whereas, for the latter, the goal is to obtain crops that do not exceed the maximum residue limits proposed by the corresponding community authorities and the distribution chain itself, without taking into account the means used to achieve it.

How does it work?

The zero-residue method permits the use of chemically synthesized products and those suitable for organic farming, prioritizing the use of bio-stimulating natural substances, biofungicides and biopesticides, as well as auxiliary fauna, that is, fostering consideration and a natural balance of the agro-ecological ecosystem.

How are Zero Residue agricultural inputs made?

Generally, from natural raw materials from botanical and mineral extracts that are environmentally friendly. In this regard, the technology of the formulation has been demonstrated to be a determining factor in ensuring their effectiveness. Therefore, the complexing agents, surfactants, coadjuvants, etc. utilized are also key elements and differentiators when producing these inputs.

Which crops are the most receptive to these types of inputs?

All those likely to display synthetic chemical residue values higher than those permitted. Because these solutions have no pre-harvest safety period (that is, they can be applied in the field and harvested within a few hours), they can be used in various types of crops: leafy vegetables and aromatic herbs, solanaceous, cucurbitaceous, cruciferous and legumes, citrus fruits, stone fruits, berries, table grapes and wine grapes, or ornamental plants are just some examples.

Can pesticides be used in zero-residue treatments?

Generally, they are applied in the first stages of cultivation, in accordance with the safety term established by the manufacturer and the degradation curve of the active ingredient contained, so there is no residue at the time of harvest.

Is it suitable for large farms?

Certainly. For them and all types of farms. The quality and efficiency of the inputs used make it possible to obtain uniform and regular harvests throughout a crop’s entire planted area, regardless of its size.

Will it allow me to access new markets?

It will indeed. In fact, it is one of the main advantages offered by this system. A harvest free of residues of the active ingredients of synthetically produced chemicals permits exceeding the boundaries established by the lists of MRLs (maximum residue limits) proposed by the competent authorities, and access to the most demanding and distinguished markets, so your crops have increased profitability.

Does it imply a higher price for the final product?

One of the biggest problems facing this type of agriculture is the higher cost of the final product. However, Idai Nature has managed to leave this situation behind by creating natural solutions for cultivating food without residues and without them implying an increase in the cost of the product.

Our company is a national and international benchmark in the cultivation of residue-free fruit and vegetables. We’ve managed to develop the specific technology required to manufacture these products and, in this way, natural solutions for agriculture that are truly unique.

Idai Nature makes it easier for farmers to grow their zero-residue crops without extra expenses, as well as for the consumer who won’t have to stretch their budgets on fruits and vegetables to be able to enjoy these types of products.

What do I have to do to start implementing zero-residue treatments on my crops?

It’s as simple as integrating the previously mentioned natural solutions into the work plan, calendar and crop management proposed by the farmer. To obtain the best results, it is necessary to study and learn about the specific needs and challenges of the crop in order to develop a customized action protocol that covers the diagnosis, treatment required and even the commercialization of the harvest.

Idai Nature offers this service, focused on technical consultancy, via a large technical team formed by agronomists who are specialists in zero-residue agriculture.

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