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.

What are Reductant Pesticides?

Pesticides

The reductant pesticide created by Pandawara Agri Indonesia can reduce synthetic pesticides by up to 50%. It maintains the same level of efficiency while also reducing synthetic pesticide residues in soil. The reductant pesticide is made up of 70% local organic and 30% non-toxic synthetic materials. Furthermore, using their reductant pesticide can increase cost efficiency for pesticide application by up to 40%. Reductants also reduce the dose of herbicides. Studies have shown that a reduced dosage of herbicides is as effective as full-dose herbicides when added with the reductant solution.

Farmers are spraying crops in a green field. Pandawa Agri Indonesia has worked with farmers all across Indonesia to create sustainable farming. They helped reduce pesticides by over a million liters and saved farmers on pesticide costs by half. It is estimated that 30% of global emissions that cause climate change are due to agricultural activities, including the usage of pesticides. The company aims to create solutions that can not only be applied to Indonesia but other countries as well.

This is one of the main reasons why the company participated in the P4G Entrepreneurs and SMEs Challenge. The online exhibition allowed them to connect with farmers and showcase their products to organizations worldwide. Additionally, they were able to pitch their business to potential investors through matched IR sessions. 

Mayur Singh is one of the investors that met with Pandawa through the P4G business matching. As a strong advocate for building businesses with a purpose, he actively mentors and invests in early-stage tech ventures in the alternative meat, cleantech, and agri-tech space. After meeting with the company, he shares that:

“It is great to see solutions in ASEAN which are looking to solve large local problems. The work being done by PT Pandawa Agri will go a long way towards ensuring not just a better use of Agri resources, but also towards food safety which is sustainable.”

Pandawa Agri Indonesia’s solutions have great potential in helping fight climate change and create more sustainable agriculture globally.  If you are interested in the company’s business make sure to visit their online exhibition booth through the P4G main event page!