Swiss company Tobi Seeobst AG focuses on residue-free, sustainably produced fruit

Organic farming as a challenge for the near future

The organic cultivation of fruit as a permanent crop is and remains a great challenge. For about 25 years Tobi has been passing on the knowledge he has gained to organic farmers and wholesalers. Organic stands for residue-free, sustainably produced fruit. Organic preserves the soil and the environment and is in line with an ongoing trend. Tobi Seeobst AG is currently enjoying very strong demand for organic fruit.

In order for the cultivation of organic fruit to be successful in the long term, in-depth knowledge of the biological processes in the field is required, especially for preventive measures. Because often, due to the strict regulations, treatment at a later date is no longer possible. And if it is, it takes a lot of patience and confidence until, for example, the population of beneficial insects has built up in the event of a pest infestation.

Organic cultures are also more difficult to keep in balance and alternate more strongly, i.e. after a high-yielding year there is often a low-yielding year. In addition, crop failures are more frequent, since in the event of severe disease or pest pressure, only natural means are available to combat them.

Over 25 years of organic expertise
Tobi Seeobst AG has been offering organic fruit for the wholesale trade since the mid-1990s and has been able to learn a great deal at its marketing stage. Today, both production companies and wholesalers benefit from this sound organic expertise.

The choice of the right variety also plays a major role. For this reason, Tobi Seeobst AG is constantly searching for and testing new robust varieties which it can recommend to its organic production companies.

Designed for organic
Tobi is specially equipped for the storage and processing of organic fruit: On the one hand with the warm water treatment before storage, but also with the possibility of brushing or cleaning the fruit before the sorting process. This removes natural soiling and allows the organic apple to show its best side.

Most of the approximately 40 organic farms that supply Tobi have adapted their structures to the requirements of the wholesale trade: Rather fewer varieties are cultivated on a larger area than in conventional organic farming. Nevertheless, considerably more varieties are cultivated compared to conventional cultivation.

Specialisation brings success
Many farms have also specialised within organic farming. Some cultivate mainly apples and pears, others more organic stone fruit or even organic berries. No matter what kind of fruit, Tobi is allowed to take over organic fruit from real professionals everywhere.

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