Bio-pesticides and weedicides

Cotton, the dominant natural fiber used in textiles and fashion, faces significant challenges from pest attacks and weeds during the plant cultivation phase. The use of pesticides and weedicides is hence almost a must for good cotton yield. Most of the pesticides and weedicides used worldwide are chemicals that harm not just the pests and the weeds, but also the farmers’, and in many cases, the soil health.

There is thus a strong business case for the use of natural and bio-based pesticides and weedicides for cotton cultivation.

Stakeholders

Textile chemicals professionals

Textile fiber cultivation professional

Textile industry sustainability professionals

Vital Stats

How does it work?

Biopesticides include several types of pest management intervention: predatory, parasitic, or chemical relationships. Biopesticides are certain types of pesticides derived from such natural materials as animals, plants, bacteria, and certain minerals.

Sustainability benefits

Bio-pesticides do not affect the soil and water with harmful chemicals. Hence it is good for the soil in the long run. Biopesticides also reduce the exposure of farmers to hazardous chemicals thus resulting in better health.

Highlights/USP

Biopesticides generally affect only the target pest and closely related organisms, in contrast to broad-spectrum, conventional pesticides that may affect organisms as different as birds, insects, and mammals. Neem has been known to be a powerful pesticide. Recent research into the action of neem on pests such as cotton bollworm has revealed that it possesses powerful phytochemicals (chemical from the plant) that can significantly curtail pest growth, perhaps even better than synthetic chemicals. Such research opens the doors to possibilities of other phytochemicals too, some of which could be used in domains other than just cultivation.

Stage of commercialization

Early commercialization

Types of professionals who can improve the solution

Chemical engineers,Biochemical engineers, Botanists, Agri scientists

Specifically relevant to any geography?

Decarbonization Potential

Low-moderate

Value Chain

Cultivation & farming ,

Carbon Focus

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Scope for commercial production of biopesticides

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