Tobacco culture is one that least uses pesticides in Brazil
A major focus of BAT Brasil research is to reduce the volume of pesticides used in tobacco. The efforts had promoted results: tobacco is now one of the crops that least apply pesticides during the harvest.
Over the past 20 years, tobacco production fell by 83.3% in the use of pesticides. It demands little more than a kilogram of active ingredient per hectare, well below the number of other crops such as tomato (36 kg / ha), potatoes (28.4 kg / ha) and strawberry (5.5 kg / ha).
In terms of innovation, BAT Brasil has developed more resistant tobacco varieties, improved soil management techniques, pests and diseases and created an advanced system capable of producing seedlings, designated Float.
The company also encourages practices which reduce the need for pesticide use, such as crop rotation(alternating tobacco production with corn and beans, for example) and the preservation of natural enemies of pests and diseases.
Even using agrochemicals in small amounts, the producers are trained to wield the substances in the safest possible way.