Almeria’s veg growers switch to biocontrols
Almost 80% of the area of covered crops in Spain’s Almeria region employs biocontrol products, GreenMed Journal reports. Growers have increasingly switched from chemical pesticides to biological products since 2007, particularly for use on covered peppers, while the use of such products on tomatoes has risen by 20% on last season, it adds. The switch to biocontrols had been slower on tomatoes until the emergence over the last couple of years in Spain of tomato leaf miners ( Tuta absoluta - Agrow No 589, p 25), but those products are dominating this year. The Almeria vegetable growers suffered a crisis in 2007, following various reports across the EU of the presence of banned insecticide, isofenphos-methyl, in residues on peppers ( Agrow No 535, p 12).