Mar. 4, 2019
By Leonardo Gottems, reporter for AgroPages
Syngenta announced the launch of its first bioinsecticide to be sold in Portugal. Called Costar, the agricultural defensive is formulated based upon Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt). The product has been authorized for pest control use in more than 50 agricultural crops, among them the most important crops in European countries, including grapes, fruits, vegetables, olive trees and rice.
According to Syngenta, the launch of Costar meets an increasing demand from European consumers for food free of any residues of agrochemicals. In addition, the manufacturer announces that it intends to "respond in an increasingly structured way to the needs of farmers in the field and the demand of buyers and consumers for healthy and safe food."
According to the company, Costar can be used in the control of all types of caterpillars, being "especially indicated for use in programs of Integrated Production and Biological Production Mode". Also, Costar is compatible with the use of auxiliary insects that are natural predators of caterpillars, as well as the application of pheromones to attract pests to insect elimination baits.
"Costar is composed of spores and protein crystals of Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) of the Kurstaki species, the most widely used in the control of caterpillars worldwide. It is distinguished from other products of the same range by its high concentration of Bt. This bioinsecticide is used in Spain, with much success in horticultural crops, namely in the control of Tuta absoluta in tomatoes," adds Syngenta.
Maria do Carmo Pereira, Marketing Manager of Syngenta for Specialties and Horticulture, added, "Syngenta continues with its contributions to the chemical industry, but clearly in a new approach to crop protection, with integrated solutions that include bioinsecticides or seeds resistant to pests and diseases."
Syngenta underlines that its strategy for Portugal is "an approach to the increasingly structured market, with a reinforced portfolio and new generation solutions positioned by cultures."
"Given the regulatory market and the requirements of the food chain, Syngenta seeks to develop a portfolio that responds to the farmer's needs and allows it to meet the requirements of the destination markets where it operates," said Pereira.