B&B e-Paper

B&B e-Paper

B&B E-Paper No.12

Highlight of APO 5th International Conference on Biofertilizers and Biopesticides (ICBB)


    Biofertilizers and Biopesticides (B&B) use can play an important role in sustainable agriculture in the Asia-Pacific region by mitigating negative impacts associated with chemical fertilizers and pesticides. The activity started the five-year International Conference on Biofertilizers and Biopesticides (ICBB) series in 2016 was jointly organized by the Asian Productivity Organization (APO), Council of Agriculture (COA), China Productivity Center (CPC) and Agricultural Technology Research Institute (ATRI). Each conference focused on different aspects of B&B, and the topic of the fifth and final one was marketing and commercialization.

    The virtual sessions of the 5th ICBB held on 28 April were attended by 79 participants and 40 observers from Bangladesh, India, Iran, Fiji, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Republic of China, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam of 14 APO member countries, along with four resource persons from Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam and  ROC. Opportunities for public–private partnerships in biocontrol research and product development were outlined. Finally, participants, resource persons and moderators then engaged in a panel discussion to explore B&B new business creation and suggested recommendations of the future from ICBB. 


Fig. 1. Group Photo of 5th International Conference on Biofertilizers and Biopesticides

Abstract of Presentation

Global Industry Trends and Biopesticide Marketing Strategies: During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic

                                    Author’s Contact

                                    Mr. Tetsuo Wada,
                                    Japan IPM System Inc.,


    Global protection industry with proprietary products is historically dominated by the few gigantic European and American chemical companies and some Japanese chemical companies. Genetic products supply is mostly shared by the Chinese and Indian chemical companies. Many biopesticides companies had been purchased by the aforementioned multinationals. Biopesticides cover both microbial pesticides and macrobial natural enemies. Microbial pesticides and natural enemies will be used more if the following conditions are improved and satisfied.
(1) Treatment timing, (2) Humidity consideration, (3) no competition/interferences from chemical sector. (4) Governmental regulation to maximize biocontrol products.

Public-Private Partnership in Biocontrol Research and Product Development: A Successful Case from Vietnam

                                    Author’s Contact

                                    Dr. Pham Hong Hien,
                                    Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences,

    In the recent years, soil borne pests have been causing severe damage on agricultural crops in Viet Nam, particularly fruit and industrial crops. The common soil borne pests include soil borne plant pathogens, Phytophthora sp., Fusarium sp., plant parasitic nematodes. The control methods are mainly relied on the application of chemical pesticides. The frequent use of chemical pesticides led to the destruction of the environment and human health. MARD has assigned the institutions to develop the biological pesticides for the sustainable control of soil borne plant pathogens and plant parasitic nematodes. The goal is to reduce the chemical pesticides by 35% and replaced with biological pesticides in 2025. Research institutions in Vietnam Academy of Agriculture Sciences (VAAS) have been established the collaborations with international organisations, private companies and universities to develop the appropriate biological pesticides for the control of soil borne pests. Some biological products have been developed recently such as SH-LiFu, Bio-VAAS.1, Entonama33. The field demonstrations showed that the efficiency of these products agaisnt Phytophthora sp., Fusarium sp., nematodes, could reach 75%.

The Biofertilizer Market in Southeast Asia: Future Development Trends

                                    Author’s Contact

                                    Mr. Wan Azha Bin Wan Mustapha,
                                    Arif Efektif Sdn Bhd,

 Use of industrial scale microbial inoculants in Southeast Asia modern agriculture started picking up in 1970’s with several common beneficial microorganisms in the market such as N-fixer, potassium and phosphorus solubilizers, growth promoting (PGPR), mycorrhiza and trichoderma. Unfortunately the fact that inorganic fertilizer is preferred choice by farmer, overall usage of biofertilizer in this region is consider low. Intensive use of inorganic fertilizers especially to the palm oil and rubber industries has turned out an adverse impact in the form of a decrease in soil fertility. However modern day biofertilizer development in microbial cultivation strategy, microbes incorporation in biomass and inorganic fertilizer, resistant seedling and Public Private Partnership program showing promising outcomes towards achieving sustainable crop production in Southeast Asia.

Review of the 1st-4th APO-ICBB Biopesticides Project Implementation, Recommendations and Future Prospects

                                    Author’s Contact

                                    Dr. Yu-Tang Hung,
                                    Council of Agriculture,
                                    Republic of China

    The project includes the organizing of the “International Conference on Biofertilizers and Biopesticides”, which is held annually from 2016-2020. It provides a forum to introduce and discuss the latest scientific progress and future exchanges of agricultural biological pesticides and biological fertilizers (B&B). The purpose is to expand the international market of domestic biological fertilizers and biological pesticides while promoting regional industrial development and cooperation in order to promote the development of my country's biopesticide industry. In addition to establishing a communication platform and the development of microbial pesticides and fertilizers to enhance domestic industry-university-research cooperation, other objectives include the establishing of an exchange platform for biopesticide research and development and product sales to promote the exchange of information regarding biopesticides. In addition, there are plans to expand and improve the bio-pesticide program, increase the demand for bio-pesticide, and increase farmers’ willingness to use it. Regarding the biopesticide laws and regulations, under the condition of ensuring product safety, the objectives are simplifying the registration procedures of biopesticides and establishing standard procedures for the development and registration of biopesticides. The goal is to promokjte the development of the biopesticide industry

Recommendations of International Conference on Biofertilizers and Biopesticides (ICBB)

  1. In order to accelerate the cross-border marketing and cooperation on biofertilizers and biopesticides (B&Bs), APO members should continue to share success stories, strengths, field demonstration and opportunities in their countries.
  2. APO could create discussion groups on different platforms of social media and arrange a regular meeting for follow-up activities.
  3. APO can organize conferences for harmonizing and streamlining regulations from relevant government authorities for manufacturing, importation and distribution of B&Bs to international markets. APO should promote government authorities to set up standard procedures to simplify and speed up B&Bs registration.
  4. For the Asia Pacific Biopesticides and Biofertilizers (APBB) information platform to be successful, contributions from all APO members and other partners are important and essential. APO should play a leading role in information providing and B&Bs promotion.
  5. Strengthen public-private partnership in B&Bs product development (efficacy, safety, quality, stability, shelf-life, storage facility, mass production and formulation technology, IPR, etc.).
  6. B&Bs could be integrated with smart agriculture technologies to develop effective packages. Farmers’ adoption is associated with price, efficacy, field demonstration, farmers’ advisors or Plant Doctors for IPM and plant health management.


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Editor's Contact

Hsiu-Fen Lin,Ph.D.
Department of Plant Technology Laboratories.
Agricultural Technology Research Institute (ATRI)
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