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Several fish vaccine candidates are currently being evaluated by IIL for commercialisation

Indian Immunologicals Limited, a leading vaccine manufacturer, has announced partnership with Central Institute of Fisheries Education (CIFE), Mumbai and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) Institute for the commercial development of vaccine against common bacterial diseases in freshwater fishes. IIL has forayed into Aqua business in October 2022 by launching products for aquaculture health market dealing with pond management and fish or shrimp gut management.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr K Anand Kumar, Managing Director, Indian Immunologicals Limited said, “IIL has introduced several innovative veterinary vaccines first to the world, like Porcine Cysticercosis vaccine, FMD+HS+BQ combination vaccine and Theileria vaccine. IIL is again the first in India to get to fish vaccines. We are committed to introducing more and more products for the aquaculture market and help shrimp and fish growers to increase their productivity and protect fish schools from various diseases”.

IIL strive to explore solutions for the prevailing challenges faced by Indian fish farmers in their farm production system. CIFE will provide technology for two inactivated bacterial vaccines, one for Columnaris Disease, a serious condition affecting numerous freshwater fish species, and other for Edwardsiellosis that cause high degree of mortality, leading to severe economic losses. Both the diseases are extremely common in freshwater fishes and is generally considered to be ubiquitous.

Dr Priyabrata Pattnaik, Deputy Managing Director, Indian Immunologicals Limited added “IIL is planning to introduce vaccines and immunostimulants with tech transfer from various fisheries institutes under ICAR. Several fish vaccine candidates are currently being evaluated by IIL for commercialisation. Launch of such vaccines may have a positive impact on reducing indiscriminate use of chemical or antibiotic based treatment methods, helping reduce antimicrobial resistance by fish farmers practicing environmentally sustainable ways of pond and fish health management”.

Dr CN Ravishankar, Director and Vice Chancellor of ICAR-CIFE said “In support to India’s Blue Revolution, I am glad that CIFE and IIL have come together to partner in developing India’s fist bacterial fish vaccine”.

Several fish vaccine candidates are currently being

The transaction, which has been approved by the Boards of Directors of Cargill and Owensboro Grain Company, is expected to close in early 2023

Cargill and Owensboro Grain Company, a fifth-generation family-owned soyabean processing facility and refinery located in Owensboro, Ky announce that they have entered into a definitive agreement where Cargill will add Owensboro Grain Company (OGC) to its North American agricultural supply chain business.

Owensboro Grain Company was founded in 1906 as a small grain merchant and today operates a fully integrated soya processing facility, producing soya products, including protein meal and hull pellets for animal feeds, crude and degummed oil, lecithin, various blends of refined vegetable oil for human consumption, biodiesel, glycerin and industrial waxes. The addition of Owensboro Grain Company enhances Cargill’s efforts to modernise and increase capacity across its North American oilseeds network to support growing demand for oilseeds driven by food, feed and renewable fuel markets.

“We are pleased to welcome Owensboro Grain Company into our Cargill family,” said Leonardo Aguiar, president of Cargill’s North American agricultural supply chain. “Our two companies have tremendous operational histories, similar heritages as grain merchants, and values, including an unwavering commitment to prioritising people ― making this a tremendous fit. Additionally, this is a significant milestone in Cargill’s journey to create a connected and modernised grain experience for our customers,” said Aguiar.

“We are excited for this new chapter in the life of Owensboro Grain Company and believe an acquisition by Cargill will ensure the long-term success of the company,” said Helen Cornell, President and CEO of the fifth-generation, family-owned soya processor. “Cargill has the ability to capitalise on growing opportunities in the industry, such as renewable energy. The acquisition will ensure that Owensboro Grain Company, its employees, farmers, customers and the community are best positioned for the future. We are excited to transfer ownership to another multi-generational family held enterprise with global access to markets and capabilities to ensure the future growth of our business. Cargill has the global resources necessary to support Owensboro Grain Company’s growth goals and operations.”

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The transaction, which has been approved by the Boards of Directors of Cargill and Owensboro Grain Company, is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions and is expected to close in early 2023.

The transaction, which has been approved by

The AQCS will be equipped with online clearance System for imports of livestock products and livestock in due course and be a game changer for local economy

The Department of Animal Husbandry, Ministry of Fisheries Animal Husbandry and Dairying recently celebrated National Milk Day in Bengaluru, Karnataka and on the occasion unveiled Animal Quarantine Certification Services (AQCS) as part of the celebrations in Hesaraghatta, Bengaluru. The station has been completed recently and was inaugurated by Dr Sanjeev Kumar Balyan, Minister of State, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal husbandry & Dairying, Government of India on National Milk Day in the presence of Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Government of India.

AQCS, Bangalore was initiated in August 2009 and the station has been functioning from the airport satellite office at Alpha 3, Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru, Karnataka. Since its inception, the station has seen a substantial increase in its workload and movement of Livestock and Livestock products has increased manifold. However, in the absence of Quarantine facility, the import of Live animals like Horses, Cattles, Sheep, Goats, etc. was not allowed into Bengaluru. 

This station will facilitate regions in the country especially the Southern States to import and export of livestock and livestock products and boost to the trade. The AQCS will be equipped with online clearance System for imports of livestock products and livestock in due course and be a game changer for local economy.

The AQCS will be equipped with online

USDA increases total funding available for Tribes, gives current cooperators more time to enact programs, non-participants more time to apply

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) recently announced that it has signed a cooperative agreement with the Chickahominy Indian Tribe Eastern division under the Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement (LFPA) programme.

LFPA empowers states, tribes, and territories through cooperative agreements to provide for their communities with the purchase of domestic local foods in support of local, regional, and underserved and tribal farmers and ranchers. In September, Secretary Vilsack announced that USDA is providing an additional nearly $500 million of Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) funds for this program, bringing the total funds for this program to nearly $900 million.

USDA further announces a series of new flexibilities to support our states, tribes, and territories. States, territories and tribes not currently participating in this program will be able to apply, and current recipients will be allowed to extend their programs an extra year. In addition, in response to tribal needs and input, USDA will use a nationwide funding allocation of $100 million to better support tribal applicants and better consider the needs across Indian Country. Twenty-five tribes participated in the first funding round, and with this new opportunity, AMS will be seeking additional proposals from other tribes.  State and territory agencies will continue to receive funds consistent with initial LFPA allocations.

Under Secretary Moffitt and USDA Office of Tribal Relations Director Heather Dawn Thompson announce the funding for the first tribe in the Mid-Atlantic region during a visit with the Chickahominy Indian Tribe Eastern Division, in Providence Forge, Va. The Tribe recently signed a cooperative agreement with USDA and will receive more than $446,000 to support food sovereignty efforts by purchasing and distributing locally grown, produced, and processed food from underserved and tribal producers. With the LFPA funds, the Tribe will purchase local meats and produce from farms in their area which will improve their local agricultural community and raise awareness about the benefits of purchasing local. 

“USDA is thrilled to partner with the Chickahominy Indian Tribe Eastern Division to promote economic opportunities for farmers and producers. The LFPA program is an exciting new tool for Tribal nations looking to support their indigenous food sovereignty initiatives and local producers,” Director Thompson said.

USDA increases total funding available for Tribes,

The company is registering its presence in Mizoram, Manipur, Meghalaya, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh

Clover Organic Pvt Ltd has been recently awarded by Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Agriculture Minister, for helping more than 50 FPCs to adopt organic farming of crops, achieving the target of selling 18 MT of Organic Pineapple and 350 MT of Organic Ginger in the State of Mizoram and for Outstanding Contribution in the Agriculture Sector. 

Vanlalremratpuia, CEO, Tuichangral FPC, Khawzawl District, Mizoram, was awarded the Best FPC by the Union Agriculture Minister, at a grand ceremony. The company was motivated to work as a team, guided and supported by all the above agencies to fulfill an order of 18 MT of chemical free pineapple placed by a buyer from Haryana.

The award for Clover Organic was received by CEO Sanjay Agarwal, after achieving this unique achievement, he attributed it to the hard work of the farmers and the trust reposed by them in the organic process in the company and all other supporting agencies. 

CEO Sanjay Agarwal said that the company is registering its presence in 5 states, Mizoram, Manipur, Meghalaya, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh with 55 farmer producer companies and more than 40,000 registered farmers. Clover Organic, a pioneer in the field of organic farming and aquaculture product manufacturing, is also gaining recognition in Andhra Pradesh.

The company is registering its presence in

This fungicide offers farmers the flexibility to design effective crop protection plans based on their specific field conditions.

US-based Indigo Agriculture has announced the commercial launch of the industry’s first biological fungicide based on the microbe Kosakonia cowanii, giving farmers a leg up on the 2023 growing season.Initially registered and announced by the company in April 2022, biotrinsic X19 is the first fungicide in Indigo’s line of biological seed treatments, which offers farmers the flexibility to design effective crop protection plans based on their specific field conditions. The product establishes Indigo’s biotrinsic portfolio as one of the few in the industry capable of helping farmers address both biotic and abiotic stresses.

The product features a unique triple mode of action. When the microbes in biotrinsic X19 encounter mycelium or hyphae of targeted seedling disease pathogens, they rapidly surround the mycelium using Bioblocker™ action to form a microbial wall of separation between plant roots and the seedling disease, interfering with disease transference.

“We know farmers are always looking for new and better ways to raise the healthiest and most profitable crop and biotrinsic X19 can help farmers do just that,” said Peter Bunce, Commercial Head of Biologicals at Indigo Ag. “A breakthrough biofungicide that sets an uncompromising new standard for managing key seedling diseases in corn and soyabean acres, biotrinsic X19 works by empowering the plant’s natural disease management processes.”

Like all other products in the biotrinsic line, X19 uses microbes to fortify plant growth. The microbes in biotrinsic X19 are living organisms that grow in harmony with plants, colonising their roots and expanding the zone of disease intervention as the roots grow. In replicated university field trials, X19 recorded average yield uplifts of 2.6 bu/acre for soy and 8.6 bu/acre for corn.

“Anytime we can help plants protect themselves using natural elements, rather than introducing synthetic elements, it’s a benefit to both the plants and the soil,” said Jake Hoalt, co-founder and owner of Xceleration Ag, an Illinois farmer and ag retailer, who trialed the X19 product as part of biotrinsic Beta Fields, a program offering free and early access to some of the latest biological technologies to improve crop resilience.

This fungicide offers farmers the flexibility to

New products to convert traditional beekeeping into a modernised way

DAESUNG Co Ltd which produces portable automatic beekeeping machines, has launched a number of products that convert traditional beekeeping work that was done manually into a modernised way, helping anyone enjoy smart beekeeping.

The products introduced by Daesung include Wasp detectors, Automated beekeeping gate, Hive Controller, Hornet Trap, Plasma ozone storage, and Smart beekeeping systems.

Plasma ozone storage is an eco-friendly technology product that greatly improves the effectiveness of sterilisation, disinfection, and odour removal.

Plasma ozone storage is an eco-friendly technology that greatly improves sterilisation, disinfection, and odour removal effects. It can effectively remove germs, viruses, and harmful substances by storing contaminated items inside the storage.

In the case of conventional wasp capture, it adversely affects the natural ecosystem by attracting and killing all insects around the bee farm, not only selectively attracting wasps.

The technology applied to storage can be used for sterilisation and odour removal not only in beekeepers but also in livestock farms (waste farms, waste farms, fertiliser compost fields, pigtails, etc.).

It is a product that can be applied to various beekeeping environments because it can control multiple honeycomb at once or step by step, not just one honeycomb.The smart beekeeping system uses special materials such as flexible carbon-based heating elements to provide similar effects to heat sources generated from bees, and can greatly help maintain the growth environment of bees through effects such as far-infrared rays. 

The system is a smart beekeeping device that enables integrated management of honeybee growth environments in dozens to hundreds of beehives, including automatic specifiers, water supply control, and internal bee environment settings through apps.

New products to convert traditional beekeeping into

To develop multipurpose products at low cost from bamboo lab should be set up in the state.

“Bamboo farmers will become richer than sugarcane farmers, when bamboo will be used in different products. Bamboo crop can be a cash crop in Maharashtra, said Sudhir Munguntiwar, Forest Minister of Maharashtra in a Bamboo conference organized at the 13th Agrovision exhibition. Nitin Gadkari Union minister Road Transport and Highways, Pasha Patel; Farmer leader, Sharad Gadakh Vice Chancellor of Dr Panjabrao Deshmukh Agriculture University, Ravi Boratkar, Organising Secretary of Agrovision and Publisher of AgroSpectrum magazine, C.D. Mayee, Chairman, Advisory committee Agrovision and other delegates were present at the conference. 

Munguntiwar said,” There is a proposal for diesel production from bamboo in the pipeline. If we become successful in using bamboo as a wood, there will be less tree cutting. There is a need of setting up bamboo lab in Maharashtra state to develop multipurpose products at low cost from bamboo. The State Government of Maharashtra has set up Bamboo Research and Training Centre in Chandrapur. This year Bamboo Centre has made rakhis from bamboo and those rakhis were sent to London worth rupees 10 thousand.  State Government also plans to plant bamboo trees alongside Nalha in the Manarega scheme. The Ministry of Forest has planted more than four thousand bamboo trees in the state.

“Bamboo economy can be developed in India like China; China has Rs 50 lakh crores of the bamboo economy. Bamboo can be cultivated on wasteland”, said Nitin Gadkari. In one acre of land 200 tonnes of bamboo can be produced in two years of cultivation. Now ethanol production from bamboo is also possible we should increase bamboo plantations in the state which can create more jobs in the agriculture sector, he added.

Prof. Charu Chandra Korde from IIT Mumbai, Ashis Gharai, architecture Lalit Davate gave presentations on different use of bamboo.

To develop multipurpose products at low cost

India should develop fishing boats that can operate on methanol, ethanol, and electricity.

“The blue economy is the future and India’s blue economy should reach up to 60 lakh crores”, said Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister Road Transport and Highways in a conference on ‘Development of fisheries in Vidarbha region’ organised at the 13th Agrovision annual agricultural exhibition in Nagpur. Atul Patane, Secretory of Fisheries Department of Maharashtra, Dr Ashish Paturkar, Vice-chancellor Maharashtra Animal and Fishery Sciences University, Sunil Mendhe, Member of Parliament, President of Agro Vision Foundation, Organising Secretary of Agrovision and Publisher of AgroSpectrum Ravi Boratkar, Dr C.D. Mayee, Chairman, Advisory committee and other delegates were present for this conference.  

Gadkari emphasised the policy regarding ethanol and methanol-fuelled and electric fishing boats. India should develop fishing boats that can operate on methanol, ethanol and electricity. The use of these boats can help in reducing expenses and pollution. Like food-producing companies fish producing companies must be established in Vidarbha. The fishing economy of Vidarbha should grow wealthy and increase up to 50,000 crores rupees said Gadkari. He also gave instructions to the fisheries department to develop an aquarium of the international level in Nagpur.   

Secretory of the Fisheries Department of Maharashtra, Atul Patane said, “Fish tank management and commercial aquarium courses should start in Maharashtra which is having huge job potential. Fish farming in Vidarbha has a large potential. If the Government of Maharashtra creates basic infrastructure for fish farming in Vidarbha, it will grow at a large scale”.

Dr Ashish Paturkar, Vice-chancellor Maharashtra Animal and Fishery Sciences University said that like the marine water fishing act, the government must make a freshwater fishing act. Due to the lack of the freshwater fishing act lot of farmers are farming the banned fish which causes environmental harm. Maharashtra also should get processing and cold storage units for fisheries.       

India should develop fishing boats that can

In the four days agriculture exhibition cum event around 450 stalls have been set up and a wide range of workshops on various current topics in agriculture will be held with the main conference.

Shivraj Chauhan, Chief Minister Madhya Pradesh (MP) state, chief guest of 13th Agrovision inaugurated central India’s largest agricultural event 13th Agrovision on Friday at PDKV ground Dabha in Nagpur. In the four days of Agro exhibitions around 450 stalls have been set up and a wide range of workshops on various current topics in agriculture will be held with the main conference. The theme of 13th Agrovision ‘Future Farming- Food, Fodder and Fuel’ is showcased through different stalls of latest agri-technology and special pavilions.

The event was graced by the dignitaries Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister Road Transport and Highways, Dr Sharad Gadakh, Vice Chancellor, Punjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth Nagpur, Ravi Boratkar, Organizing Secretory Agrovision, Dr C D Mayee Chairman, Advisory Board Agrovision, Devendra Parekh, President Vidarbha Economic Development Council, Dr Ashutosh Paturkar Vice Chancellor, Maharashtra Animal and Fishery Sciences University Nagpur and Ramesh Mankar, Organising Secretory Agrovision.

Chauhan applauded the Agrovision for educating and empowering farmers through interactive workshops and conferences.

Chauhan informed the audience that MP government has implemented 5 key points strategy for the growth of agriculture sector in Madhya Pradesh. The key strategy includes:

1.Increasing production

 2. Reducing production cost

3. Providing better prices for agri produce

 4. Providing compensation to farmers for any natural calamity

 5. Use of latest agri- technology for farming.

He informed that MP has highest production of 1 crore 39 lakh metric tonnes wheat in 2021 which is the impact of 5 key points strategy. In order to reduce the financial burden of farmers, MP government has provided 0 per cent interest loan facility for farmers. In addition to this, MP government has also provided compensation of Rs 30,000 per hectare to the farmers who have lost more than 50 per cent of their production due to natural calamity.

Chauhan also added that MP government has started the use of remote sensing technology to measure the loss of farmlands due to natural calamities to provide appropriate compensation to farmers. We have increased the irrigated land from 7.5 lakh hectares to 45 lakh hectares till 2022 by using modern farming methods. We have set target of bringing 65 lakh hectares land under rogation by 2026.

New partnership models

While commenting on the new age farming, Chauhan said that we have encouraged partnerships between farmers, private companies and state government for increasing profitability of farmers. In recent ITC company signed contract with farmers in MP for the cultivation of medicinal plants such as Tulsi and Ashwagandha on 5,000-hectare land. Such type of partnership can provide good renumeration to farmers.

“Madhya Pradesh government is also helping farmers and private companies for providing essential facilities for agri-food processing, branding and marketing. We are constantly analysing the market scenario about demand and supply of agri produce and guiding the farmers for the cultivation of food crops and other crops”, Chauhan said.

We have increased the agriculture growth rate from 4 per cent to 22.7 in last few years by using innovative technologies in agriculture and providing financial support to farmers, he added.

In the four days agriculture exhibition cum

With the help of Agrovision, a permanent market will be developed for organic farm products at the Convention Centre.

India’s first International Convention centre for Agriculture in the name of former Agricultural Minister Dr Punjabrao Deshmukh will be set up at the Grounds of Punjabrao Deshmukh Agricultural University in Nagpur. A proposal of 150 corers rupees has been sent to the Union Agriculture Ministry. Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister Road Transport and Highways announced this on Friday in Nagpur. He was speaking at the inaugural function of the ‘13th Agrovision’ central India’s largest agricultural exhibition in Nagpur. Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chauhan was the chief guest of the function. In the four days of Agro exhibitions around 450 stalls have been set up and a wide range of workshops on various topics will be held with the main conference. The theme of this year’s Agro Vision is ‘Food Fodder and Fuel’- Agriculture of the future.

Gadkari said, “Farmers from Vidarbha will get all the information about the training of the agriculture sector, at the convention center and farmers can take benefit of this and can increase their income. With the help of Agro Vision, a permanent market will be developed for organic farm products.”  He added.

Indian oil has launched two plants in Panipat one is producing ethanol and the other is a bio-bitumen plant from rice straw. The production capacity of the ethanol plant is 1 lakh liter and 150 tonnes of bio-bitumen per day. If India began producing 80 lakhs tonnes of bio bitumen from rice straw, there is no need to import bio bitumen.

Gadkari added this is a big change in northern India specifically Punjab, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh where the burning of rice straw causes pollution. Now instead of burning, rice straw will be used to produce ethanol and bio bitumen. The roadways department requires bio-bitumen, around 50 lakh tonnes of bitumen is manufactured in India, and we import 25 lakh tonnes of bitumen. Indian Oil setting up one more plant of bioethanol in Assam. Ethanol can be produced from bamboo, and farmers will become energy providers and will not remain food providers.   

Gadkari also informed that all vehicles belonging to the Indian Government which has completed 15 years will be scrapped, and a policy regarding this has been sent to the states. All states should apply the policy.

President of Agro Vision Foundation, Organising Secretary of Agro Vision and Publisher of Agro Spectrum Ravi Boratkar said, for the last 13 years Agro Vision exhibitions have been organised to educate and train farmers. Various workshops have been conducted during the four days of the Agro Vision exhibition. Farmers are being educated on Modern technology in farming, vertical farming, organic farming, poultry, and sericulture at Agro Vision.

Member of Parliament Krupal Tumani, MLA Samir Meghe, Pankaj Bhoir, Vice Chancellor of Punjabrao Deshmukh Agricultural University Dr Sharad Gadakh, SGM of State Bank of India Shantanu Pendasy, Shantanu Gupta from IOCL, Gitish Gandhi, C.D. Mayee and other delegates were present at the occasion.

With the help of Agrovision, a permanent

Investment to support and encourage families and individuals to eat more healthfully

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announces an investment of $59.4 million to support the Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Programme’s (GusNIP) Produce Prescription and Nutrition Incentive programmes designed to encourage families and individuals to eat more healthfully by increasing access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

GusNIP programmes strive to improve dietary health through increased consumption of fresh produce, improve individual and household food security, and reduce health care use and associated costs. GusNIP Nutrition Incentive programmes provide incentives at the point of purchase among income-eligible consumers participating in USDA’s SNAP and income-eligible consumers participating in other USDA nutrition assistance programs. 

“Since its creation in 2019, GusNIP projects have increased access to healthy foods, and this investment serves to ensure that even more consumers can provide fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables for their families,” said Dr. Dionne Toombs, Acting Director of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

“In fact, as a result of additional funding provided through the American Rescue Plan Act, NIFA is expanding our reach to many first-time program applicants from underrepresented communities nationwide,” he adds.

Investment to support and encourage families and

Study provides critical information about key genes and processes controlling root branching in response to limited water availability, 

Plant scientists from the University of Nottingham have discovered a novel water sensing mechanism that they have called ‘Hydro-Signalling’, which shows how hormone movement is linked with water fluxes.

Researchers have discovered how plant roots adapt their shape to maximise their uptake of water, pausing branching when they lose contact with water and only resuming once they reconnect with moisture, ensuring they can survive even in the driest conditions. Using X-ray micro-CT imaging researchers were able to reveal that roots alter their shape in response to external moisture availability by linking the movement of water with plant hormone signals that control root branching.

The study provides critical information about the key genes and processes controlling root branching in response to limited water availability, helping scientists design novel approaches to manipulate root architecture to enhance water capture and yield in crops.

Dr Poonam Mehra, postdoctoral fellow, from the School of Biosciences explains: “When roots are in contact with moisture, a key hormone signal (auxin) moves inwards with water, triggering new root branches. However, when roots lose contact with moisture, they rely on internal water sources that mobilises another hormone signal (ABA) outwards, which acts to block the inwards movement of the branching signal. This simple, yet elegant mechanism enables plant roots to fine tune their shape to local conditions and optimise foraging.”

Study provides critical information about key genes

Regulatory reform to provide guidance to the UK’s Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)

The World BioProtection Forum (WBF) has launched its much-anticipated white paper this week, providing an authoritative compilation of global expert recommendations on regulatory reform that will provide guidance to the UK’s DEFRA as they revise biopesticide regulations in line with the drive for better regulation, nurturing green technologies and overhauling the UK regulatory environment through the government’s Brexit Freedom Bill.

The white paper, which is entirely based on the knowledge, views and opinions of international experts comprising the WBF Biopesticides Reform Working Group, provides a comprehensive compilation of expert advice and recommendations for regulatory reform. The white paper was written for the UK’s Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), which will be considering the content as they pursue the objective of improving biopesticide regulations and the UK government’s Brexit Freedom Bill goal to develop new laws and regulations that best fit the needs of the UK, by the end of 2023.

“Sustainable agriculture is going to have to be a part of solving the climate crisis we are facing,” said Dr Minshad Ansari, Chairman of the WBF. “But lengthy, complicated, and often unsuitable regulatory requirements for new sustainable solutions have created big obstacles – blocking or delaying the availability of new biocontrol products for many years. Our hope is that, by supporting DEFRA, we will finally be able to achieve a sensible risk assessment process that nurtures our sector and allows innovation to flourish. Our greatest hope is that other countries and regions will also consider DEFRA’s great work as a basis for further reforms.”

Dr Sarah Harding, Communications Advisor to the WBF and one of the white paper authors of the white paper, said, “It is absolutely vital that regulators across the world finally accept and reflect the fact that biocontrol solutions are not conventional chemical pesticides, and their evaluation processes need to be adapted to separate biologicals and chemicals. In our discussions with DEFRA to date, they have been extremely positive about the need for change, and open to discussions that we hope will lead to a world-leading biopesticide/bioprotectant regulatory system.”

Regulatory reform to provide guidance to the