A number of Chinese companies are hoping to move into the American pesticide market in a big way, according to two experts who track the lucrative industry in both countries.
As the government of the world's second-largest economy looks to enter new industries in hopes of boosting China's rapidly decelerating economic growth, some of these so-called "ag-chem" firms are already making headway in Western markets.
John Atkins, the COO of Syngenta gives the company's perspective on the role played by the company manufactured insecticide neonicotinoid in the increasing death of bees. He attributes the bee deaths to varroa mites, which is a known parasite that infect bees
The EU ban came after the European Commission proposed the suspension in response to a report by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in January that determined that three neonicotinoids – thiamethoxam, clothianidin and imidacloprid – posed an unnacceptable risk to bees.
Farmers facing thin winter cereal crops after this season’s difficult growing conditions should consider the vigour benefits of including hybrid barley in rotations this coming autumn, says Syngenta portfolio manager, James Taylor-Alford.
The Indonesian government is working on implementing a change in parliamentary law that could spell disaster for all major foreign investors in the seed industry in Indonesia. If the government goes through to implement the parliamentary law No. 10 2010 100 it would imply that no foreign investor can have more than 30% share in the seed companies. If the law will be sanctioned in the parliament it is likely to be implemented by November of 2014.