Setting up greener agricultural practices
In order to preserve our land, classified in the «Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée Martinique» area, we constantly adapt our agricultural practices.
In 2021, we participated in the HVE (Haute Valeur Environnementale : High Environmental Value) certification scheme, which guarantees reasoned agricultural practices
Different practices are set up :
Crop rotation : Every five years, sugar cane plantations are rotated with banana plantations and market gardening, to avoid the development of sugar cane pests and preserve soil quality
Alternatives to chemicals : Our experts look after the land by mulching and weeding, both by hand and machine, as an alternative to using chemicals, reducing the use of herbicides.
Planting of hedges : In 2021, we planted 4km of hedges around our plantations to avoid soil erosion and limit water loss from the cane. They encourage all –important biodiversity and act as a shelter for local birds. We are planting an additional 6km of hedges in 2022..
Cuttings : We expand our crop by germinating our own sugar cane cuttings in our greenhouse. Compared to traditional planting, this technique doesn’t require the intensive use of tractors and so uses five times less fuel, while improving yield by 15% per hectare.