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Invasive insects and climate changes, Arrigoni answers with “Green Healthcare”

07 February 2019

During Fruit Logistica 2019, the Arrigoni group will have the opportunity to share with the entire fruit and vegetable sector present at the fair the most innovative agrotextile solutions to the countless phytopathological and environmental threats to which every farmer must increasingly face.
Thanks to the continuous research in which the company is committed, Arrigoni proposes effective and “green” solutions, which guarantee the well-being of the plant and, therefore, also of human beings.

For the occasion, Paolo Arrigoni – CEO of the Company – and Milena Poledica – PhD, agronomist and researcher of the Group will be present.

The evolution of Agrotextiles – the impact that a more ethical agriculture, a healthier and safer food can have on the planet and on everyday life.

These are the topics that Paolo Arrigoni will address in the Fruit Logistica TECH STAGE to be held on February 7th in Hall 9 from 4pm to 5pm.

“The production of fruit and vegetables – explains Poledica – today is increasingly limited by pests, often pathogens vehicles. Damage caused by these vectors and plant viruses is economically significant and, if not contained in time, can also lead to total loss of the crop. According to a recent study conducted by the University of Paris-Sud / Cnrs / AgroParisTech and published in the journal Nature Communications, the minimum annual cost of damage caused by invasive insects in the world amounts to 69 billion euros.

On the other hand – continues Poledica – the control of pests usually involves an intensive use of pesticides, but this in turn affects both the environment and human health. Climate change, however, will contribute to global migration or the expansion of many species of insects. Hence the need to find innovative solutions that meet the needs of modern agriculture and protect the environment and human beings”.

In this context are included the high-tech applications of Arrigoni, a full range of high-tenacity, lightweight screen nettings, composed of polyethylene monofilament ARLENE HT®.

“Another problem of modern agriculture, and indeed one of the most difficult global challenges – also recalls Poledica – is represented by climate change. According to the FAO 2018 report on the state of global agricultural markets (“The State of Agricultural commodities markets 2018”), climate change will increasingly disrupt agricultural systems and the food market in the coming years. Countries that are in the temperate climate zone will have benefits for agriculture due to the rise in temperature, but countries that are in low latitudes will see a deterioration in the performance of their agricultural systems. From this point of view, it is evident that agriculture needs to be increasingly supported by research and technology, to identify effective solutions that, at least, can help to stem the expected changes in the climate. This is why we developed solutions both to improve the diffused light inside greenhouses and to control the reflection of sunlight, and to guarantee adequate protection in case of rainy events “.