To this end, IRDA is developing new and effective strategies to protect the environment and the health of workers, while ensuring the profitability of farmers engaged not only in organic farming, but also in conventional or sheltered farming.
IRDA is actively working on weed management by evaluating the effectiveness and profitability of different tools and mechanical weeding systems. Our team seeks to alleviate some of the financial risk associated with the purchase of this equipment by producers. We do this by calculating the returns on investment and speeding up the deployment of this type of equipment throughout Québec’s agricultural sector. With our expertise in undesirable plants, we are able to propose effective suppression techniques—including biofumigation—to reduce weed pressure.
For example, IRDA’s efforts to develop and promote eco-friendly practices has led it to
In addition, IRDA also provides services to companies seeking to have their products registered. Its state-of-the-art laboratories can perform the various tests required by regulatory agencies.
By 2017, 137 Québec orchards, an area equivalent to 2,800 football fields, had adopted mating disruption to control codling moths.