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CABI BioProtection Portal launches in Hungary

Published 4/06/2021

Theme: BioProtection Portal

We are excited to announce the launch of the CABI BioProtection Portal in Hungary. This go-to information resource on biological pest control continues to expand its reach globally.

Facing the phasing out of synthetic pesticides, Hungarian farmers seek alternative, non-chemical pest control solutions, a challenge common across Europe. Hungary’s thriving farming sector contributes significantly to its Gross Domestic Product (3.5% in 2019). For those seeking sustainable agricultural and horticultural approaches, the CABI BioProtection Portal can provide critical information. It includes details about biopesticides available in Hungary.

The launch builds on CABI’s long-standing relationship with Hungary. CABI has been collaborating with Hungarian universities, research institutes and plant health authorities for many years on biological control of pests. The organization has also been running a collaborative research laboratory at the plant protection directorate in Hodmezovasarhely in southern Hungary since 2000. 

A valuable resource for farmers looking for information on biopesticides in Hungary

Increasingly, evidence shows that certain kinds of chemical pesticides in agriculture create serious problems for the environment and human health. The CABI BioProtection Portal is particularly useful for growers seeking non-chemical pest control approaches. These approaches reduce environmental pressures and meet consumer demands for healthier and safer food, along with export or market standards.

The portal provides users with up-to-date information on nationally registered and available bioprotection products. Accessible on multiple devices and in local languages, including Hungarian, the portal helps growers and agricultural advisors in Hungary. It aids in identifying, sourcing, and correctly applying biocontrols and biopesticides for their specific crop-pest problems. The recently launched new portal website also makes this online resource even more user-friendly.  

The Hungary launch aids the portal’s growth, supporting sustainable agricultural and pest control.

Dr Ulrich Kuhlmann, Executive Director, Global Operations at CABI said: “It is a real pleasure to see Hungary included on the CABI BioProtection Portal. This further expands the geographical reach of this information resource across Europe. We hope that growers and advisors in Hungary see value in this information resource and use it regularly to enhance their knowledge on biological control options and guide their pest management decisions.” 

“Our goal is for the portal to increase awareness and uptake of more sustainable approaches to pest management globally. The current widespread use of chemical pesticides to fight crop pests alone is not sustainable either economically or environmentally, especially when you factor impacts exacerbated by climate change.” 

“CABI is aiding growers in adaptation through projects utilizing expertise in digital development and crop health. Products like the CABI BioProtection Portal promote biological approaches to pest management.”

Dr Stefan Toepfer, biocontrol scientist at CABI and head of the Hungarian laboratory, said: “It is nice to see that Hungary has joined the CABI BioProtection Portal initiative. I believe Hungary, with diverse agricultural systems and farming enterprises, has much to offer. I anticipate Hungarian agricultural extension services may use the portal as a major reference when it comes to environmentally-friendly plant protection.”

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