IPM (Integriertes Pestizid Monitoring)
The IPM project is Özgür Tarım’s endeavor to define the future sector standard for healthy and reliable products.
Under homage of the food safety standards and laws developed by countries around the globe, it’s aimed to reduce usage of chemicals potentially hazardous to human health, thus prevent cultivation and delivery of products which would cause harm to the consumer.
While having similar regulations imposed upon dried grapefruit sector, these rules define limits for usage of pesticides by a type specific manner, listed as allowed mgs per gram of product. Although these regulations do not necessarily limit the number of different pesticides that could be used for cultivation of the product.
Özgür Tarım has developed the IPM Project to limit both the residue amount for type specific pesticides, and actual number of pesticide types used for cultivation of the grapes. Thus, it’s aimed to provide a healthier product to the consumer by controlled agricultural applications.
During the winter, we conduct our training/informative meetings with our farmers at our factory & villages on how to produce the product. Believing that good product quality can be provided from the very beginning, we analyze the soil of our growers, make reports on their physical characteristics and determine their needs. Farmers who will exclusively produce on behalf of Özgür Tarım start the process with an IPM contract.
Spraying program to be implemented is developed with our agricultural engineers before the production year, whilst taking into account EU, EIB and FRUCOM criteria. Application time and usage amounts of the pesticides are determined and recorded, then they are stored in the warehouses.
Upon the first blooming, our agricultural engineers organize inspection trips to the vineyards in frequent periods. Necessary interventions are carried out against varying situations that may arise during the cultivation process.
After the observations and controls, we start the pre-determined pesticide applications and we constantly communicate with our farmers via different means such as sms etc. The application starts with pesticide distribution.
Field inspections are carried out throughout the season. In case of bad weather conditions, natural disaster risks etc., we inform our farmers via SMS as precaution.
The opinions and suggestions are evaluated in our farmer meetings.
When the grapes are ripened, controls and measurements are carried out on the product. The ones meeting the required quality criteria are harvested.
Before the grapes are laid to dry, the conditions of the drying areas are inspected and necessary measures are taken to obtain the highest quality product.
IPM grapes, which have been dried and delivered to our factory, are transferred to special pallet boxes from our arsenal of 100.000 units. Each box is individually identified and recorded with a barcoding system that provides traceability. Details for every stage of the production process are recorded in these barcodes.
Furthermore, when raw materials are supplied from non-IPM farmers, necessary analyses of the product are carried out in laboratories before admission. The products that do not meet the requirements for pesticide regulations & laws of Turkey and the European Union are not accepted by our company and no further business is done with that grower again.
Grapes that are admitted into our factory are stored in healthy conditions. Each uniquely barcoded box can be monitored individually in a digital environment and they leave the warehouse according to the specifications of the production order. At this stage, the production process is completed, and the final product is delivered to our customers.
After a productive season, we meet with our farmers to discuss the ideas, suggestions and preparations for the next season.
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