Today, Monday 16th October is World Food Day. This year’s theme is “Water is Life, Water is Food”. What we eat, and how that food is produced all affect water.
Water is the most valuable resource on this planet, it is the lifeblood of agriculture. Unfortunately, approximately 2.3 billion people live in water stressed countries. These countries also happen to be areas that produce a large portion of global staple crops.
What can farmers do this World Food Day?
According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, “Farmers are the guardians of our natural resources, and they need to be given the tools and technologies to help manage water sustainably for the future of food”.
Working with the climate
Farmers and growers around the world can build resilience by looking to sustainable farming technologies that are more productive and less damaging to the environment. At Brandon Bioscience, we are creating these technologies. Through our PSI® Technology platform, we are creating biostimulant products that increase yield and quality, increase tolerance to abiotic stresses and increase nutrient use efficiency. This helps farmers get more from every plant, every hectare, every season while maintaining their water use.
Water shortages, a constant threat
Water shortages pose a significant challenge for fruit and vegetable production. These crops require a consistent and adequate supply of water for optimal growth and yield. In many regions, however, water resources are limited, and droughts can exacerbate this problem. They are often faced with long periods of water shortages which negatively impact yield and fruit composition.
At Brandon Bioscience, our biostimulants promote optimal water use efficiency. PSI® 433 Precision Technology promotes optimal plant growth and yield where water availability is low. By supporting optimal water use efficiency, growers can ensure that their crops have the resources they need to grow and thrive.
Greater efficiency with biostimulant products
One of the major abiotic stresses affecting crop production in arid and semi-arid areas is salinity. Most fruit and vegetable crops are sensitive to salt and are growing in salinized soils that have accumulated toxic ions. This ion accumulation is often caused by limited access to high quality water in irrigation programmes. Maximising the use of water available to growers can help reduce water loss while continuing to produce high value fruit and vegetables.
At Brandon Bioscience, our biostimulants produce healthy growth under salinity stressed conditions through increased tolerance and enhancing water use efficiency.
Growers can produce high-value fruits and vegetables in salinised soils with the help of PSI® 475 Precision Technology. By improving the plant’s tolerance to salt and enhancing water retention, this technology leads to greater yields and improved marketable quality, giving growers the confidence and reassurance to meet their production goals.
Brandon Bioscience is actively helping countries around the world achieve numerous Sustainable Development Goals set out by the United Nations. By using our solutions out in their fields, producers are increasing the amount of crops they produce, the amount of profit that they receive and are reducing the amount of inputs needed, leading to greater environmental, economic, and social sustainability. UN SDG No. 6 Clean Water and Sanitation remains a focus of Brandon Bioscience when continuing to innovate and creating a more sustainable future for agriculture.