Bayer’s biological nematicide BioAct™ Prime DC has been granted regulatory approval in Greece. The market launch in Greece is scheduled for 2017, with other European countries to follow as a measure to further strengthen the company's crop protection portfolio in this important region.
"To secure their harvests and increase food production in a sustainable matter, European farmers need modern technologies such as innovative crop protection products," said Klaus Koetting, Head of Fruits & Vegetables and Insecticides at Crop Science, a division of Bayer. "Our biological nematicide BioAct Prime will contribute substantially to improved Integrated Pest Management programs."
BioAct™ Prime DC, based on the beneficial fungus Paecilomyces lilacinus (synonym Purpureocilium lilacinum strain 251), controls plant parasitic nematodes including root-knot nematodes (Meloidogyne spp.), burrowing nematodes (Radopholus similis), cyst nematodes (Globodera spp.) and root lesion nematodes (Pratylenchus spp.). BioAct™ protects plants by targeting eggs and larvae of harmful nematodes before they can attack the roots, helping farmers to increase yields and farm profitability. The new nematicide can be used on a wide range of fruit and vegetable crops such as tomatoes, cucumbers, asparagus, avocado, beans, broccoli, carrots, okra, onions and strawberries as well as citrus, nuts and grapevines. Further areas of application are tobacco, young plantations and tree nurseries. 
"In an integrated pest management program with Velum Prime, farmers will have a new choice for effective nematode control," Klaus Koetting added. "This innovative combination enhances root health and helps farmers establish strong plant growth for higher yields and better harvests." This combination of products also offers farmers the benefit of nematode control while lowering their dependency on older and considerably less environmentally friendly products.

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Have a China Field Visit, to Explore the Opportunity of Chinese Agchem Market !

In 2015, the Chinese government put forward the Pesticide & Fertilizer-use Zero Growth program, for which a series of supportive policies were released. The program set a new requirement for the supply of environment-friendly products and the provision of advanced agricultural technology for application towards crop protection and crop nutrition services. It will also have a profound effect on the Chinese agrochemical market structure in the future.

At the request of some of our readers, AgroPages is planning to organize a China field visit for enterprises interested in the Chinese agrochemical market. Enterprises, including but not limited to green crop protection product vendors, agrotechnical service providers and precision agriculture-oriented enterprises can participate in the field visit. 
We will arrange meetings with Chinese agrotechnical promotion agencies and prime distributors, as well as organize interviews with farmers and major growers, so that enterprises can understand the needs of the market and explore the available business opportunities. China is vast, with diversified structure of cultivation. To better fulfill your expectations from the Chinese market, you are kindly requested to take part in the following survey to enable us to schedule this business trip to your satisfaction.
  1. 1. Would you consider attending such an investigation group?
    • Yes
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    • Won't attend now, but will attend next year
  2. 2. What would you like to know about the Chinese agrichemical industry during this visit?
    • Agri-inputs Supply Position
    • Crop Plantation
    • Pesticides and Fertilizers Registration
    • Distribution
    • Partner Selection
    • Policy and Regulation
    • Other(Please specify)
  3. 3. Which company/organization would you like to visit or hold a meeting with during this visit?
    • Agriculture Technology and Popularization Center
    • Agri-inputs manufacturer
    • Agri-inputs distributor
    • Large-scale grower
    • Pesticide and Fertilizer Registration Department/Agent
    • Other(Please specify)
  4. 4. When would be the most convenient time for you to attend the investigation group?
    • June
    • July
    • August
    • November
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  5. 5. Briefly introduce your company and business?
  6. 6. Please leave your contact information, if you are interested in more details about the visit.
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