CEO Agenor Mafra-Neto explains ISCA solutions needed for world agriculture in interview with Brazilian journalist
ISCA President and CEO Agenor Mafra-Neto explains the world’s need for ISCA’s next generation of sustainable insect controls in an in-depth video interview with Brazilian journalist Ricardo Weg, who is a multi-media reporter for The Rio Times, a major online news outlet for all of Latin America based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Here is the video (in Portuguese):
Here is Mr. Weg’s introduction to the interview (translated from Portuguese):
“Today we are going to talk about high technology, about sustainability in agribusiness, about news in biotechnology, biosafety, internet of things, cutting-edge computing focused on agribusiness.
“It is a Brazilian company, also based in the United States and India, which has developed solutions for agribusiness, which may replace insecticides. These are biological pest controls.
“On the subject, I had the honor of interviewing the CEO of the company ISCA, Inc., the Brazilian Agenor Mafra-Neto, who spoke to us directly from California. The company ISCA brings numerous benefits to agribusiness. Perhaps we have reached the threshold dreamed by ecologists, but it also works to feed the world.
“We suspect, and possibly there is research on this, that pesticides, pesticides, help to develop the most diverse diseases in humans. On the other hand, how to produce (food) on a large scale?
“Well, solutions like the one we are going to present now can resolve this imbalance. Let’s talk about technology, semiochemicals (such as pheromones) for pest management, smart traps, robotics, nanosensors.
“Another important factor, the project is supported by one of the largest financial conglomerates in the world, Barclays, an English bank. With annual revenues in the millions of dollars, ISCA is producing a new generation of agrochemicals, semiochemicals, which are environmentally sustainable, necessary to feed the world, and, at the same time, protect the environment.
“In Brazil, the company has just announced a partnership with the Bom Futuro Group, the largest soybean producer in the country, to test its products in large crops. A laboratory was set up at Fazenda Filadélfia, in Mato Grosso, and the expectation is that the first results will come out soon.
“That’s it, this is the agro & business program, broadcast by TV Vila Velha in the State of Paraná; Sensações Web Rádio from Blumenau, Santa Catarina, to the world; also on the D’Ponta portal, the leader in the Campos Gerais region. In addition to our podcast version, on the giant Spotify, Google Podcast, Omny Stúdio. And of course, in our English version of the giant The Rio Times, the newspaper with news about Brazil and Latin America for the world.”