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.