The objective of This MIMOSA programme is to minimise the impact of our growing activities on the environment, whilst achieving optimal yields of excellent quality vegetables, herbs and fruit, and also to provide attractive and economically viable returns for our growers, whilst continuing to exceed our customers’ expectations in terms of product quality and food safety.
An integrated production system and a close relationship with our growers has always been key to Ardo’s strategy. For years, Ardo has been active in supporting the creation of Producer Organisations, and investing in mechanisation, technology and R&D. Since the introduction of the ambitious MIMOSA programme however, our focus has shifted more and more towards sustainable production methods. Following many brainstorming sessions with our agronomists and numerous field trials, often in collaboration with research centres, our agronomists now think in terms of ‘MIMOSA’. Step-by-step we are updating all of our field protocols to incorporate our latest MIMOSA techniques.
Today, 74% of the total volume of all the crops we grow have no residues(*) of plant protection products, and we believe there are still many opportunities for further improvement. Investing in Research & Development and increasing our knowledge will enable us to further refine our crop protocols, which in turn will allow us to produce more with less water, less plant protection products, less seeds, etc.
(*) no residues detected above 0.01mg/kg