Farming and plantation remain as one of the major income sources for many households in Indonesia. Due to the excessive use of land, more farmers turn to organic practices to protect nature from damage. When it comes to innovation in farming, Pandawa Agri Indonesia is one of the forerunners that is committed to creating environment-friendly solutions for farmers. The life-science company introduced their reductant pesticide solution at the P4G Entrepreneurs and SMEs Challenge. The company aims to create healthy products that are safe to combine with any other pesticides. Their products have helped farmers and business partners in Indonesia to build farms that are sustainable, environmentally friendly, and cost-effective.
It is estimated that global pesticide usage stands at 3.5 million tons. Although pesticides are beneficial for crop production, using pesticides excessively and continuously can jeopardize the environment. In addition, the effects of long-term exposure to pesticides can cause several severe health problems such as skin irritation, lung damage, and heart or kidney failure. There are many alternatives to reduce pesticides but many can not match the same effectiveness and efficiency as a reductant solution.