Biobest, a worldwide pioneer in production and sales of bumblebees for biological pollination, has signed a protocol between Chinese and Belgian authorities for the export of bumblebees to China.
Bumblebees are a high-tech agricultural export product, crucial to pollinate all kinds of commercial crops and able to increase yield by 30%. With more than 25 years of experience worldwide, the company is a pioneer in biological solutions for sustainable crop management.
Biobest is convinced of the huge market potential for bumblebees in the Chinese market, thanks to the increasing awareness of Chinese consumers about food safety and the efforts from the Chinese government in promoting agriculture and more specifically, protected horticulture.
“This protocol has been reached thanks to the close collaboration between FAVV (Belgium) and AQSIQ (China) in combination with the effort of our own people and the top-quality products of Biobest,” says Jean-Marc Vandoorne, CEO Biobest Group.
“Bumblebees have many advantages over other methods of pollination and as such we have no doubt that Chinese growers will find their way very quickly in using our bumblebee hives. As we see in other markets throughout the world, growers quickly adapt to a more sustainable method of production after bumblebees have entered their greenhouses.
“The next step to biological control lies within the use of various mites and beneficial insects to tackle diverse pests. We are looking forward to taking our first steps in the Chinese market,” he added.
Biobest, with its headquarters in Westerlo-Belgium, is a worldwide leader in biological pollination and biological control. It was established in 1987 and has since then expanded worldwide with facilities in Morocco, Spain, France, Turkey, Argentina, Mexico, Canada and the USA.
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