Syngenta has increased its investment in Portugal and is already planning to strengthen its portfolio in the country, with the medium-term launch of eight new bioinsecticides and seven new biofungicides for use on vegetable and fruit crops.
Biologics Academy Syngenta
According to the agrochemical multinational, next year, three bioinsecticides and new biostimulants that act on plants as probiotics and prebiotics will be launched.
The novelty was announced during the first session of the Syngenta Biological Academy, an event that brought together technicians from Syngenta’s distribution chain.
As explained in a statement, the purpose of the session was to build a solid and lasting knowledge base on biological technologies and solutions for plant protection, inspired by nature and validated by science.
“The European Green Deal, together with other factors already known, such as regulation and food value chain requirements, will change food production systems as we know them,” said Maria do Carmo Pereira, Biocontrols Product Manager for Europe, Africa, and the Middle East at Syngenta.
Maria do Carmo Pereira, Biocontrols Product Manager for Europe, Africa, and the Middle East at Syngenta
Syngenta intends “to respond to the current and future needs of the agri-food market and has an ongoing investment in a multidisciplinary team dedicated to the development of biological solutions for crop protection and soil health, with a focus on the transfer of technical knowledge for customers and partners,” she added.
During the Syngenta event, in addition to providing a framework for biocontrol solutions and technologies available on the market, the multinational team shared information on the regulatory context. Inês Santos, Regulatory Manager of Syngenta in Portugal, explained the processes and timeframes for the approval of active substances, fertilizers, and biostimulants.
According to the company, its objective is to provide “innovative, sustainable, effective and flexible biosolutions that complement the conventional crop protection programs of farmers.”
Therefore, Syngenta is committed to promoting innovation, through creating partnerships with startups for joint product development, agreements with third-party companies, and the acquisition of R&D companies, such as the Italian company, Valagro.
Currently, Syngenta's portfolio of biosolutions in Portugal includes the biopesticides, Karate Trap and Costar, the biofungicides, Cuprantol Duo, Taegro, Cuprocol and Thiovit Jet, and the biostimulant, Isabion.
(Editing by Leonardo Gottems, reporter for AgroPages)