US company, BVT, have found a novel and quite simple way for farmers to protect their crops from fungal infections, as reported by BBC news.
The method involves using bees to do all the work for them. It is thought this new method will save farmers hours of tedious spraying of crops with chemicals, while it will benefit the environment also.
The process involves leaving an organic fungicide outside a beehive, near your crops. The bees then walk through the tray of fungicide upon exiting the beehive, picking it up on their legs and lower bodies. They then fly around and spread it on crops as they gather pollen. It is thought this method will work excellently with sunflower and strawberry crops.
The main challenge the company face? Opposition from farmers, who are “set in their ways for so many generations”.
CEO Ashish Malik, admitted that the challenge is persuading farmers to accept the new concept. He says the concept won’t be accepted overnight and it is up to them to get across the main benefits of the system. These include: Growers being able to sell more produce and make more money, as well as reducing chemical use and money spent on them. Mr. Malik says farmers will realise this is a more sustainable practice, and described that as being the “icing on the cake”.
Mr. Malik says they hope that in the following growing season, everyone will begin to adopt the methods.