Best Agrolife Ltd Obtains Registration for Indigenous Manufacture of Crucial Maize Herbicide

The company has decided to launch its commercial formulation under the brand “Tombo” at the beginning of June 22.

Vimal Alawadhi, MD, Best Agrolife Ltd

Best Agrolife Limited, one of the leading players in the Indian agrochemical industry, was granted registration for the indigenous manufacture of Technical Tembotrione 94% u/s 9(4) by the Central Insecticides Board & Registration Committee at the 439th meeting.

The company has pivotal positioning in rice and soybean crops and this registration will help it further consolidate its portfolio in the herbicide segment. The company has decided to launch its commercial formulation under the brand “Tombo” at the beginning of June 22.

Next-generation maize herbicide Tembotrione shows rapid efficacy in controlling weeds. It is a post-emergent herbicide that dissipates rapidly in the environment without causing phytotoxicity to crops. Tembotrione has a low application rate per hectare and therefore poses almost no risk to the environment. A product with a high level of Tembotrione crop tolerance ensures higher grain yield and profitability.

Commenting on this new development, Vimal Alawadhi, MD, Best Agrolife Ltd said, “The demand for maize in the domestic and global market is increasing rapidly as this grain is highly sought after as a staple food, for animals, for poultry and at industrial purposes. In the future, maize will also contribute substantially to the production of methanol. Among maize producing countries, India ranks 4th in area and 7th in production, accounting for about 4% of global maize area and 2% of total production. Although productivity in India is almost half that of the world, the average daily productivity of Indian maize is on par with many leading maize producing countries.

“Virtually all types of weeds, including grasses, broadleaf weeds and sedges, infest corn fields and compete ruinously with the corn plant for nutrients, space, light and water essential for their growth and advancement. Weeds are responsible for about 37% of the world’s total loss of maize production,” added Vimal Alawadhi. Best Agrolife Ltd will soon start manufacturing Tombo at its site in state-of-the-art manufacturing Best Crop Science Pvt. Ltd Gajraula.

Tombo has already attracted interest from major peer companies, including multinationals, to bring this product to market under a license agreement. This will improve the company’s market share in corn-growing states, in particular. Bihar, Eastern Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

First published: May 19, 2022, 03:45 IST

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