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Integrated production programme for field-grown vegetables

Farmers are reducing their dependency on phytosanitary products.

The Bonduelle Group and its Picardie-based producer organisations are today unveiling the results of their six-year pilot project focusing on the production of field-grown vegetables.

The results of the programme are encouraging, and reveal that it is possible to produce the same quantities of canned baby carrots, beans and peas, to the same quality and at the same price, while reducing the use of the products necessary to treat plants. A 17% reduction in the use of phytosanitary products The eight farms that took part in the integrated production programme pilot project were able to reduce their Treatment Frequency Index (TFI) by 17% in 2013, compared with 2007.

This is 18% better than the average observed in 2013 for the OP-L‐Vert producer organisation, the regional reference for vegetable growing. This significant reduction in the use of phytosanitary treatment is the result of the alternating application of mechanical and chemical weeding, combined with strategic land use management. Taking all crops into consideration, the pilot group reduced its TFI by 22%, producing a figure 34% better than the regional average.

Eco-friendly weed control works! Although the results already obtained in the case of vegetables do not quite match the ambitions set out in 2009, the consortium that has formed around the pilot project and brings together the Bonduelle Group, its two Picardie-based producer organisations, and a number of partner stakeholders (AgroTransfert, INRA, the Chambers of Agriculture of Picardie, FREDON Picardie, UNILET, European funds, etc.), is delighted with the work accomplished by all the stakeholders.

The results show that it is possible to combine chemical and mechanical weeding, provided this action is adapted to the climatic context. An alternative weeding guide has also been published and widely distributed to the industry as a whole. The results in regards to the fight against diseases and pests are less convincing, apart from a few avenues of interest in the area of biological control. Progress is expected to be made in research in this field. The pilot project now needs to consolidate itself in an economic and environmental interest group (Groupement d'Intérêt Economique et Environnemental (GIEE)) which has been approved by the Agriculture Ministry and, by bringing together all the processes that are already underway, will continue to carry out the research and improve the tools.

The GIEE will focus its efforts on preserving the quality of the water in the Caix catchment area (Somme). The aim will remain unchanged: optimised production and yield for farmers, a quality product accessible to consumers, and environmental protection of the land and resources. 


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Benjamin ZEHNDER                    +33.(0)   

Vanessa VAZZAZ                        +33.(0)   

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