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Agricultural production


 

Contractual commitment

Bonduelle's ambition is to produce healthy, accessible and quality vegetables with respect for the land. To do this, we are in constant contact with our 3490 planters so that a) we can maintain the quality and yield criteria required for our activity, and b) we can encourage them to limit their impact on the environment. Rules have been established in this vein and in the form of supply charter. This is a contractual commitment which covers the whole agricultural process from seed selection to the harvest. From choice of plot and seeds to crop management, etc. it encompasses all the areas established in the specifications.


99% of Bonduelle's partner manufacturers have signed the supply charter formalised by the group for the first time in 1996. Reviewed in 2013-2014, this charter is evidence of both our continuous commitment in support of farming methods that show respect for the environment and of our social responsibility.

Jean-Bernard Bonduelle, Director of external relations and Sustainable Development

The best seeds

Choosing the best seeds is an essential element of our policy to reduce phytosanitary products. With our French and international partner seed companies, we work towards finding the varieties that are most resistant to diseases, water and climate stress, etc. We also take part in testing new varieties. Several variety tests are being run on our land. Our objective is to produce vegetables that meet Bonduelle's requirements and consumer expectations in terms of taste and organoleptic qualities.

Prevention and support

The first step for monitoring growth and supporting producers is prevention: selecting land, choosing the right plots for the type of vegetable, crop rotation to avoid exhausting the Earth's resources, preserving biodiversity, etc. In 2012, a plot geo-referencing system was launched in order to develop an "agronomic memory" of the cultivated areas. Objective: to assign plants to the right soils. This innovation is an extension of a predictive testing method used on the land (to prevent possible diseases). Within this same vein of anticipation, Bonduelle has created observation networks to detect the arrival of insects and pests on the land. Bonduelle is planning to overhaul its computerized agro-management system, adding a mobile fi eld system. Tablets or smartphones will beused to locate plots of land, to input data in the fi eld and to improvethe traceability and reliability of its data inputting.

 

Moreover all BAM business unit vegetables appear in the AgPODsystem (agricultural portal for online data), an online programdeveloped specifi cally for reporting agronomic data recordedin the fi eld. The system enables crop data to be compared andshared rapidly.

Respect for soil, biodiversity

For Bonduelle, soil is not simply a resource, but a living environment that needs to be preserved. Similarly, crop protection is optimised.

Around 500 vegetable varieties are distributed through product ranges by Bonduelle, a major actor in biodiversity.

In terms of CSR, is innovation an important priority for Bonduelle ?

Yes. For example, together with our partners we are developing several pilot projects in support of farming that favours natural methods and regulation mechanisms that are closely linked to those that exist in nature.

Some examples ?

New sowing techniques, alternative mechanical weeding methods, research into optimising tillage, tests on fungi and bacteria levels to stimulate plant root systems, etc. These experiments and this research help us to build on our knowledge so that we can respect the environment.

Géry Capelle, Agronomic Development Manager -Bonduelle

 

L’innovation au service du respect de la nature

Results and perspectives

The 5th version of the agronomic sourcing charter was officially unveiled at the International Agricultural Show 2015. This latest version, which is being rolled out in the group’s various agricultural production areas,

FINALISE AND SHARE THE CHARTER

The group runs a network of pilot farms in Germany, Canada, Spain, Russia and France, notably in Nord-Picardie. In 2013, the eight pilot farms in France were able to reduce their phytosanitary product treatment frequency indicator (TFI) by 17% compared with 2007.

Bonduelle and its partners are increasing the number of pilot projects

In 2011-2012 training programmes were implemented to educate farmers on dose optimisation techniques.

MEASURE THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES AND IMPLEMENT INDICATORS

Following a progress meeting with farmers in 2012 regarding the "pilot farms" programme, Bonduelle will continue its research work in integrated farming in 2012-2013.

Expert area

2014-2015 agricultural production

Around 500 vegetable varieties are distributed through product ranges by Bonduelle, a major actor in biodiversity.


3490 agricultural partners provide the group 88 % of its vegetables.

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