Belgian Ministers express support for biocontrol at opening of new facility

IBMA Member, Biobest welcomed David Clarinval, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for the Self-Employed, SMEs and Agriculture, Institutional Reforms and Democratic Renewal and Jo Brouns – Flemish Minister of Economy, Innovation, Work, Social Economy and Agriculture to officially open its new cutting-edge, predatory mite production facility where the the group’s new name, BioFirst Group, and […]

IBMA’s Input to the Strategic Dialogue on the Future of Agriculture

The Strategic Dialogue on the Future of Agriculture was launched to address issues such as “a fair standard of living for farmers and rural communities” and “support agriculture within the boundaries of our planet and its ecosystems.”  Professor Strohschneider, Chair of the Strategic Dialogue, invited IBMA and other organisations to share their views on a number of areas. […]

FARM Global Project | Kick-off Meeting in Kenya,  March 12, 2024

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded FARM programme is a five-year 37 million USD programme aiming to catalyse a framework for regulatory and financial investment in the agriculture sector to reduce the use of harmful pesticides and plastics in agricultural production and encourage the adoption of low and non-chemical alternatives including biocontrol. With financial incentives […]

Biocontrol solutions included in Renew Europe Action plan for a sustainable, competitive and fairly rewarded EU agriculture

We are delighted to share that the Renew Europe Action Plan for a sustainable, competitive and fairly rewarded EU agriculture includes proposals for biocontrol in line with some IBMA recommendations. The Action Plan proposes several actions in response to farmers protests and issues of concern, both in the short and medium/long term. It is mainly […]

Lengthy Authorisation Processes Threatening Biocontrol Innovations and Farmer Competitiveness

IBMA Calls for Policies that Accelerate the Uptake of Biocontrol Farmers have been slowly reducing the use of chemical pesticides across Europe since 2011 without sufficient access to alternative Plant Protection Products such as biocontrol. This is endangering productivity and generational renewal. Farmers have had enough as we see on the streets of Europe. While […]

High-level Discussion under the Auspices of the Belgian Presidency |  Speed-up Biocontrol Authorisation | Knowledge, Know-how & Biocontrol for Farmers Now

The International Biocontrol Manufacturers Association (IBMA) invited a range of stakeholders to a high-level discussion under the auspices of the Belgian Presidency, on 19 March, to discuss how to speed-up biocontrol authorisation and get biocontrol knowledge, know-how and solutions to farmers now. At the event held under Chatham House Rule, support for biocontrol was expressed, […]

Happy International Women’s Day

If you ate today, thank a woman in agriculture Every year on 8 March we celebrate International Women’s Day highlighting the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It is a moment to reflect on progress made and on what still needs to happen to forge a more inclusive world for women. Invest in Women […]

The SUR is gone. Biocontrol should be available to farmers now!

Noting the Sustainable Use Regulation (SUR) was a symbol of polarisation, Ursula von der Leyen proposed to withdraw it on 6 February 2024. The SUR is off the table. IBMA now urges the Commission to work on a new proposal. We already issued a statement on the Strategic Dialogue on the Future of Agriculture. (Brussels, 27 […]