Embraer’s EMB-203 Ipanema agricultural aircraft will conduct a series of tests to certify the first methodology for aerial application of bio-control agents in Brazil.

The pioneering project to promote sustainability in national agribusiness is led by Koppert, a global leader in the development and production of biological systems for agriculture.

The collaboration between the teams Embraer and Koppert will evaluate technical aspects necessary for optimum application efficiency and the safety of this practice.

The test will contribute to generating guidelines for research documentation and data management.

The announcement was made during the 29th edition of Agrishow, the main technology fair for agribusiness in Latin America, which takes place from April 29th to May 3rd in Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo.

“The partnership between Embraer and Koppert represents a significant step towards promoting sustainability in Brazilian agribusiness,” said Gustavo Herrmann, Commercial Director of Koppert South America.

“We are excited about the opportunity to contribute to the development of more sustainable and efficient agricultural practices.”

Application standardization based on scientific methodology aims to ensure the effectiveness of bio-control agents in preventing, reducing, or eradicating pest and disease infestations in crops, combining the strategic use of monitoring technologies and aerial spraying.

The use of the Ipanema reinforces the initiative’s commitment to a sustainable future, as it is the only aircraft certified and produced in series to fly on biofuel.

Powered by ethanol, Embraer’s agricultural plane combines tradition, robustness and efficiency to enhance the aerial bio-control agent’s applications.

“The agribusiness industry has been striving to incorporate new technologies to enhance food security and environmental protection, and we believe that the collaboration between Embraer and Koppert could contribute to new sustainable advances in the sector,” said Sany Onofre, head of Embraer’s Ipanema programme.
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