The environmentally friendly control of pests and diseases affecting agriculture is a burning issue both locally and globally. Organically produced foods are increasing in popularity and controls on the use of chemicals to combat pests and diseases are becoming ever more stringent.

In line with our focus on long-term sustainability, the group is committed to using integrated pest management systems (IPM). IPM focuses on three main areas:

Prevention: Prevent the build-up of pests by using range of practical strategies to suit local conditions.

Monitoring: Monitor crops for both pests and natural control mechanisms. This involves intensive scouting for pests (insects, diseases and weeds) to determine if, when and how intervention should occur.

Intervention: Intervene when control measures are needed which involve physical, biological or chemical methods to preserve the economic value of crops with minimal effects on the environment.

IPM is the best combination of cultural, biological and chemical measures to manage diseases, insects, weeds and other pests. It takes into account all relevant control tactics and methods that are available, evaluating their potential cost-effectiveness. IPM provides multiple benefits for society and the environment.

The banana and deciduous fruit farms are Global GAP accredited and the deciduous farms have also obtained Natures Choice accreditation to comply with retail customers from Europe and UK. In addition the deciduous farms subscribe to the sterile fruit fly programme of the department of agriculture and use ducks to control snails in the orchards.

Cane areas susceptible to Eldana saccharrina (also commonly known as African sugar-cane borer) are planted with resilient varieties. These areas are cut annually to help combat the effects of Eldana.

Only chemicals listed on the World Health Organisation (WHO) approved chemical list are used throughout the group. All CBL employees involved in the application of chemicals are trained in the use thereof and the appropriate equipment, including protective clothing, is used at all times.

Ducks are effective at controlling mollusc populations in the fruit orchards