Welcome to Real IPM
Real IPM has a reputation for designing IPM programmes of real value to growers. We deliver cost effective, crop protection solutions, which significantly reduce chemical inputs. Real IPM can increase the yield and quality of fruit, flowers and vegetables.
As a result of our vision and mission, biological control is taking centre stage, even in ornamental crops, grown on the Equator, with all year round pest and disease pressure.
Our groundbreaking work in roses in Kenya has inspired leading growers to aim to be insecticide-free within the next 18 months. We are now taking our expertise into small-scale farmers subsistence crops as affordable solutions to food security issues.
We have designed holistic IPM programmes using our five strategic biological control agents, which we mass-produce in Kenya:
- Phytoseiulus persimilis
- Amblyseius cucumeris
- Trichoderma asperellum
- Bacillus subtillis
- Metarhizium anisopliae
Holistic IPM programmes
These five strategic IPM building blocks can be used together in robust programmes to combat most important pests and diseases in almost any crop.
By understanding pest and disease life cycles, and how to combine biological controls with compatible pesticides, we are confident that biological controls will continue to replace pesticides in both indoor and outdoor crops. Our Kenyan IPM programme for roses has replaced up to 60% of pesticide usage compared to ten years ago.
We achieved this by not following established IPM programmes, because these were too expensive and not effective enough. We re-designed the way that IPM was ‘done’ in roses and have set the standards for other bio-control companies to meet.
The need to ‘maintain a balance of pest and prey’ in an IPM programme is now considered an unnecessary risk of crop damage. So we don’t do it that way. Our new programmes for spider mite control will eliminate mites within two months and subsequent purchases of biological controls for mites remain minimal. Fewer sales for us, but more satisfying for growers and this approach meets our Mission Objective, which is to ‘actively replace pesticides’.
Rather than designing a programme which made growers reliant on Real IPM for annual repeat sales of a high cost programme – we work with growers to eliminate the pest or disease and with it – reduce the need to buy excessive amounts of biological control agents.
Growers appreciate our honest approach to business and we now have strong partnerships with 600 hectares of the world’s finest flower growers in Kenya to testify to the effectiveness of our programmes.
Kenyan businesses solving Kenyan crop protection problems. Now the rest of the world will be following the lead of Real IPM Kenyan growers.
Our programmes succeed because of the technical support provided to customers, while they are ‘learning the ropes’. We re-invest earnings in extensive, experienced technical advisors, who make regular visits to farms to discuss problems and further develop IPM programmes. Kenyan growers are now leaders in the field of IPM – constantly challenging the need to use pesticides at all
Our technical team’s expertise and experience in managing large scale commercial IPM programmes in a wide range of crops, has led to our Kenyan born advisors providing consultancy services all over the world. From melon growing in Brazil, roses in Ecuador, to pineapples in Ghana, fine beans in Madagascar, tomatoes in South Africa – we work with growers to solve problems and push back the frontiers of IPM.
Our technical team is equally qualified to give advice on pesticides to international standards, having accomplished the UK Diploma course in Crop Protection (BASIS) they are legally qualified to give advice in crop protection in the United Kingdom.
Some of our team are also qualified to UK standards to give advice on fertiliser programmes, with FACTS diplomas.
We understand the issues faced by growers in all aspects of their business. Our team is certified to train growers in Global GAP and can appreciate the whole farm issues – as a farm team member.
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Real IPM at Kichozi Farm in Thika plays host to a new NGO, Real Impact, which has developed demonstration farms and training courses to empower Kenyan communities to improve food security and nutrition. Real Impact links planting programmes and IPM with nutritionally balanced menus in canteens. Their Nutrition Garden Programme is the corner stone of networks involving Public Health Management Teams, hospitals, schools, prisons, faith based organisations, community based organisations, other NGOs and self-help groups.
Two recent capital investments have been completed in April 2012. read more
Heavy rain has been pounding Kenya in recent weeks. read more
Real IPM sign Metarhizium anisopliae agreement with icipe read more
Real IPM recently organised the first BioControl Africa conference in Accra read more...
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A new NGO has been formed to help Kenyan communities to learn more about using sustainable methods to improve food security.
Simon van der Burg, owner of Timaflor, credits Real IPM programmes for the reduction in pesticides use that leads to the excellent yields and quality, demanded by his customers
Collins Wanyama explaining how Trichoderma can control nematodes and Phytophthora to Ghanaian pineapple growers