Feeding the world’s growing population is a major challenge for agriculture. Further increases in crop acreage do not solve this problem due to the devastating impact of the intensive farming model on both local ecosystems and the climate.
Modern agriculture faces many challenges. On the one hand, a growing population is forcing an increase in agricultural productivity and, on the other, counteracting the climate change is influencing the need to reduce the use of mass production inputs such as mineral fertilisers and plant protection products. The issue of the security of food chains and the availability of raw materials for agricultural production – nitrogen fertilisers, potassium fertilisers or components for the production of foliar varieties – is becoming increasingly important.
The dynamic market situation is forcing farmers and input suppliers to seek new solutions. Technological innovations are an opportunity for food producers, among them the use of microbiological preparations in plant cultivation. This offers the possibility of reducing the use of conventional chemicals or mineral fertilisers without a decrease in production efficiency.
The assumptions of the Field to Table Strategy are often a source of concern about the increased cost of farming, as well as reduced efficiency. However, healthier food can be produced in adequate quantities. Microbial preparations are an alternative to conventional agricultural inputs. The use of innovative biological solutions makes it possible to reduce the use of plant protection products without adversely affecting crop efficiency. This is important not only for the volume of agricultural production, but also for the health of consumers as well as for the well-being of our planet.
When administered in the right dose and at the right time, probiotics are able to increase plant resistance to many pathogens and thus reduce the use of plant protection products. This is an excellent example of how technological innovation in agriculture achieves several objectives at the same time. They are a response to new European Union requirements limiting the use of plant protection products and, at the same time, create tools for sustainable agriculture, which must produce in a more environmentally and climate-friendly way due to increasing consumer expectations in this regard.
The shift from chemical to biological products also makes it possible to reduce the economic burden of agricultural production. The fertiliser crisis facing agriculture today has resulted in drastic increases in the price of fertilisers and, as a result, a significant reduction in their availability. The effect of such a situation is to increase food prices on the global market and thus increase the risk of exacerbating the problem of global famine.
The most common yield problem is the availability of nutrients for crops. Microbial products effectively support plant nutrition by increasing the availability of naturally occurring micro- and macronutrients in the soil and are able to take up nutrients, such as nitrogen, from the atmosphere and make them available to plants. Scientific progress is making it possible to make increasing use of naturally occurring biological processes to replace the intensive cultivation methods used to date. Microbiological technologies have been developed for several decades, and dozens of tests and laboratory studies, as well as the effects observed by farmers in the fields, confirm the effectiveness of their use.
BIO-GEN’s more than 30 years of experience in the market for biotechnological solutions for agriculture shows that consistency in the development and implementation of innovative technologies brings answers to many of today’s problems. Therefore, the availability of BIO-GEN formulations to address the current market situation – whether in terms of new EU guidelines or limited availability of agricultural inputs – is a good example of how current research will be able to address challenges in future years.
BIO-GEN’s direction is always guided by the needs of our customers and the changing world. We are constantly improving the products already available, but above all we are looking for new solutions. Our aim is not to adapt to the prevailing situation, but to create it and innovate consistently. Agriculture is not standing still and has undergone a number of significant changes over the past 30 years. Farmers are an increasingly educated, aware and open-minded group, allowing them to keep their farms competitive despite such rapidly changing market realities. They are therefore increasingly willing to use innovative solutions.