A new app to control the use of inputs in pineapple cultivation will allow Costa Rican producers to grow this fruit creating less pollution and in a manner that is more responsible and respects biodiversity.
The application, PineApp, was developed for Nicoverde and the pineapple producers of Costa Rica with the support of the From Field to Plate Program implemented by the German Development Cooperation, GIZ, commissioned by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of Germany's Federal Ministry for the Environment and Nuclear Safety (BMU).
The app allows producers to know the chemical products that were used during planting that pose a risk to both human health and the environment. "Our goal is that producers use fewer agrochemicals. We recommend them to use biological alternatives to control pests and diseases," said the general manager of the Nicoverde company, Jorge Sanchez.
The tool is aimed at small and medium Costa Rican pineapple producers who export to international markets, mainly the United States and Europe.
Initially, PineApp will be available in Costa Rica, In the future, it could be replicated in more countries in the region. The creators of the app also expect to use it for other fruits in the future.
The app is available for IOS, Android, and Huawei systems. It's free and producers don't need to register to use it.