Part of the InVivo Group, Bioline Agrosciences has acquired Kenyan biocontrol company Dudutech from UK company Flamingo Group International, a producer of cut flowers, plants and vegetables.
When announcing the acquisition, Bioline Agrosciences said this marked an important step in the company becoming a world-class player in the production and distribution of biocontrol solutions.
Laurent Martel, CEO of Bioline Group, said: “Our group continues its international development, by establishing itself in East Africa. This new site in Kenya will be the spearhead of our expansion in Africa to promote new environmental-friendly technologies in agriculture.”
Established in 2001, Dudutech has experience in designing and delivering biological pest control solutions. With its new biofactory in Kenya Bioline Agrosciences now owns 8 production sites in the world (Europe/ North America and Africa), the company said in its statement.
“The biocontrol market is growing strongly, and the acquisition of Dudutech will allow us to increase our technological leadership, complete our product portfolio. This is a unique opportunity to specialize in flower production by creating this partnership with the Flamingo Group and to bring our 40-years of expertise on other crops in the region,” said Ludwik Pokorny, CEO of Bioline Agrosciences.
Giles Turrell, CEO of the Flamingo Group said: “Flamingo, with its substantial growing operations in Kenya and Ethiopia, will continue to use Integrated Crop Management solutions as a production strategy. Therefore, it made sense for us to select Bioline Agrosciences as the future owner of Dudutech and preferred supplier. Our leading position in technology with a strong commitment to sustainable farming, will ensure premium quality and innovative biocontrol solutions are widely available for our Group.”
Tom Mason will remain Managing Director of Dudutech, the statement said.