International Day of Plant Health: Protecting plant health with sustainable solutions
On the 12th of May, the world celebrates International Day of Plant Health, an initiative that aims to raise awareness about the importance of plant health for food security, the environment, and economic development. At Koppert, we are committed to this cause and are proud to be part of a global movement that recognizes the vital role that plants play in our lives.
Plants are the foundation of life on Earth. They provide us with the oxygen we breathe, the food we eat, and the materials we use for clothing and shelter. However, plant pests and diseases pose a significant threat to plant health, leading to reduced crop yields, food insecurity, and economic losses for farmers and communities. In fact, up to 40 percent of global food crops are lost each year due to plant pests and diseases.
As a leading provider of sustainable solutions for plant health, we are dedicated to helping farmers and growers around the world combat these challenges. Our approach is based on the principles of natural balance and working with nature, rather than against it.
One of our core solutions is the use of beneficial insects, such as predatory mites, parasitic wasps, and nematodes. These natural predators help control pests like spider mites, thrips, and whiteflies, reducing the need for chemical pesticides that can harm the environment and human health. We also offer innovative products like sticky traps, which help monitor and control pests while minimizing the use of pesticides.
In addition to controlling pests, we also focus on enhancing plant health through our range of microbial solutions. These products contain beneficial microorganisms that help boost plant growth, improve nutrient uptake, and increase resistance to stress and disease. Our range of natural plant extracts, including seaweed and plant hormones, help stimulate plant growth and development, leading to healthier and more productive crops.
We firmly believe that plant health is interconnected with human health and the health of the planet. By promoting sustainable agricultural practices and reducing the use of harmful chemical pesticides, we are not only protecting plants, but also supporting the livelihoods of farmers and rural communities, preserving biodiversity, and reducing our impact on the environment.
On this International Day of Plant Health, we call on everyone to join us in our mission to promote plant health and create a healthier, more sustainable future for all. We invite you to learn more about our solutions and how we can work together to protect plants and secure a brighter future for generations to come.