Integrated Production Objectives and Principles
IP (Integrated Production) is a concept of sustainable agriculture based on agro-ecology and a system approach that aims at contributing to sustainable, resilient, profitable and robust farming systems.
IPM (Integrated Pest Management) is the part of IP focusing on pests, pathogens and weeds .
IP is an agro-ecology approach:
That starts from the notion that a farm is an agro-ecosystem. IP focusses on managing ecological processes and their interactions within the farm and its related context (landscape and region), to optimise the use of internal farm resources, to minimise the need for external inputs and to avoid or minimise the effect of farming practices on the direct environment, future generations or conditions elsewhere in the world.
IP is based on a system approach:
Taking the farming system as a basic unit: the full potential of an agro ecology approach can only be realized when all interactions between different elements of farming are utilized. Synergy between objectives might be realized.
IP aims at contributing to sustainable, resilient, profitable and robust farming systems.
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Green cover management in vineyards: Permanent supply of flowering plants as food sources for the vineyard fauna (© Agroscope).