Dudutech Managing Director Thomas Mason has been elected as BioProtection Global (BPG)’s President. Mason will assume the role on January 1, 2018. Headquartered in Kenya, Dudutech is part of the South African Bioproducts Organisation (SABO) and a charter BPG member.
This means the voice of Kenya’s biocontrols industry is represented on an intercontinental stage. It’s huge news for the visibility of Kenya’s biocontrol industry.
“Leading a global team of associations and individuals who share our vision of bringing sustainable, biological solutions to growers and other stakeholders is an honor,” said Mason. “We remain confident that BPG will form a much-needed bridge to help drive the adoption of bioproducts worldwide.
BPG, the global association of regional trade organisations representing the biological products industry, also announced the incorporation of three new member associations at its fall meeting. Joining BPG are the Colombian Association of Bio-inputs for the Transformation of Agriculture, the Biocontrols Alliance of the Pesticide Manufacturers and Formulators of India (PMFAI) and the Japan Biocontrol Association (JPG).
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The three key additions raise BPG’s total membership to eight regional associations representing biocontrol/bioprotection companies on five continents. The current global biocontrol market is estimated at US$3 billion, having experienced double digit growth for six consecutive years. The market is forecast to reach Ksh 1.13 trillion (US$11 billion) by 2025.
“The introduction of the Colombian, Indian, and Japanese biocontrol associations into BPG significantly increases our critical mass and sets the stage for broader harmonisation efforts and new efficiencies that will deliver benefits both to end users and ultimately, consumers,” said Rick Melnick, President of BPG and Global Brand Manager of Valent BioSciences.
“By bringing together the world’s leading experts on biocontrol technology and advocacy, BPG is poised to engage IGOs, NGOs, and regulators as the go-to source for information on biocontrol technologies.”