Komati Group is driven by the concept of sustainable agriculture, meeting the current need of fruit to the industry without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Sustainable agriculture in the pest and disease control division includes the implementation of an integrated pest and disease management (IPM/IDM) program. However, phytosanitary pests and diseases are being managed chemically but, in a manner least detrimental to the surrounding ecosystems. Examples include the timeous use of specific and systemic chemicals which has a more targeted approach to control, and only affects the pests of concern resulting in natural enemies to survive and establish moderate populations. In addition, augmentative release of beneficial insects (parasitoids and predators) such as Cryptolaemus montrouzieri, Nephus spp. Coccidoxenoides perminutus and Anagyrus spp. are being used for the control of citrus mealybug (Planococcus citri). Naturally occurring beneficials in the orchards include Leptomastix dactylopii and Chrysoperla carnea. Three to four months prior to the harvesting season, Komati group relies greatly on the use of beneficial insects for the control of mealybug and red scale due to MRL restrictions on chemical usage.
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