Integrated pest control
Let’s start by looking at the role science plays in the AgriScience Division’s crop protection business.
Crop protection products such as pesticides are an essential component of the productivity equation. Just consider the numbers: every year 20% to 40% of crops are lost to pest and diseases.
Recently, the practice of “integrated pest management” (IPM) is gaining increased traction. As the name suggests, IPM is all about combining a range of options to protect crops in a harmonious way. In practice, that means using chemical pesticides and biopesticides in a rotational program. Because biopesticides derive from natural materials such as bacteria, fungi, and plant extracts, they are very environment-friendly.
Mitsui has been active in the global biopesticide business since 2001 through its 100% subsidiary Certis USA. Made from natural materials like neem tree oil extract and soil-dwelling bacterium, Certis USA’s products are used to protect a wide range of crops, whether apples in Washington, walnuts in California or soy beans in Brazil. With IPM moving into the mainstream, Certis USA now plays a crucial role in the crop protection industry.