On the one hand, a biological spray from a Dutch company named Koppert is used to repel the fruit flies. On the other hand, with the support of the Ivorian NGO LONO, an expert in biotechnology and composting, compost boxes have been installed at the growers. Previously, growers left rejected, decaying fruit under the mango trees. This attracts fruit flies. Now this rotten fruit, together with other farm waste (eg chicken manure), is composted in a box called KubeKo. The Kubeko works on solar energy.
The compost is used to enrich the soil. The project literally hits two birds with one stone: the flies are repelled and the soil is improved, which benefits the quality. Better fruit means more income for growers and employees.
At the beginning of May, experts from Nature's Pride's Sustainable Business department visited the Ivory Coast. The project will be continued based on soil samples and discussions with growers, Ivoire Agreage and LONO.