Dr. Ishtiaq RaoCrop Defenders Ltd.
Dr. M. Ishtiaq Rao has a Ph.D in Entomology and is President of Crop Defenders Ltd. He started his career in biocontrol in 1994 producing Trichogramma spp. for the Commonwealth Institute of Biological Control. In 1997, Ishtiaq started the first ever commercial biocontrol company in Pakistan, ultimately covering 60,000 acres of sugarcane, cotton, and vegetable crops using his biological control products. He brought his biological control expertise to Canada in 2007, when he started Crop Defenders Ltd. Since then, Crop Defenders Ltd. has offered great cost saving solutions for biological control of horticultural and agricultural pests to growers throughout Canada.