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June 29, 2019

Zimbawe: Seed Treatment Chemical To Fight Fall Armyworm Infestation

Agrochemical company Syngenta is set to introduce a maize seed variety treated chemically, which is said to protect the developing seed against the pest for several weeks after germination.

A spokseman for a company distributing Syngenta products in Zimbabwe said, "FD is a seed treatment chemical.It will have an effect of protecting the crop against fall armyworm during its early stages. It remains in the plant system for the first four weeks after germination, so you won’t need to spray against FAW during that period.”

He said the seed was undergoing necessary regulatory approvals before it was released on the market. The seed has been introduced in countries such as Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Canada, China, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Paraguay and Turkey.

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