As part of the BASF Farm Perspective Study (2014), more than 1,800 farmers and 6,000 consumers form across Brazil, India, France, Germany, Spain and the U.S were interviewed. The study shows that while the majority of consumers view farming as a vocation and have great respect for famers and the work they do, they also recognize that there is a need to strengthen the environmental role that farmers currently play.
Special biological scent dispensers like the BASF pheromone dispensers are an alternative way to control pests. They have the advantage of having no physical contact with the crop but yet control grape and apple moths, which impact fruit quality and yield.
BASF spray programs combining chemistry and biology enable farmers to control pests effectively while securing food safety. While biological fungicides alone cannot control infection rates adequately, chemical fungicides, while offering sufficient control, cannot be applied shortly before harvesting period.
In India, as part of the Samruddhi project BASF employees educate farmers about fertilization, seed rate, spacing and the appropriate use of pesticides through field demonstrations.
In 2009, BASF initiated the disease and pest management program Uvas sin fronteras ("Grapes without frontiers") to help table grape producers in Chile fulfill the strict requirements of export markets regarding residues limits.