Dudutech was founded in 2001 to develop biological pest control products for Homegrown’s fresh flower and vegetable business. Dudutech’s mandate was to develop full integrated pest management programs to cover all Homegrown’s crops. This was to reduce pesticide use and pesticide residues, to address the social and environmental issues surrounding pesticide use, to break pesticide resistance cycles in the crops and to promote long term sustainability.
Dudutech pioneered Integrated Crop Management in Kenya. In 2001, there was very little legislation to deal with biological pest control products, and Dudutech worked closely with various government and donor bodies in order to develop appropriate procedures and protocols to be the first to bring biological pest control products to the Kenyan market.
Today, Dudutech is a part of Bioline Agrosciences, and has the largest biological production facility in sub-Saharan Africa, employing, over 350 full-time staff among them experienced leading agronomists, PhD, masters, degree and diploma level scientists. Dudutech now supplies over 50 control products, including 17 biological control products, a plant and soil health range and specially designed traps, with more always in the pipeline. Dudutech has three production sites in Naivasha, Kenya: 14 ha of outdoor insect production, two dedicated indoor insectaries, and state of the art fungus and nematode production facilities. The outdoor insect production sites are based around the equator which provides a perfect climate for year-round supply of predators.
Recognising the importance of training for successful Integrated Crop Management, Dudutech also has a NITA registered training department, that is peer-reviewed by Kenya Agricultural Research Institute. Dudutech supplies the horticulture industry, out-grower schemes, large scale agriculture, grain and cereal production, tea, coffee and forestry in East Africa, in addition to exporting to South Africa and Europe.