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Best Agrolife gets approval to manufacture Pyroxasulfone

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18 June 2023, New Delhi: Best Agrolife Ltd. has been granted registration for the domestic production of Pyroxasulfone 85% WG and three other key technicals. The Central Insecticides Board & Registration Committee (CIBRC) in its 447th meeting authorized Best Agrolife’s fully owned subsidiaries Seedlings India to manufacture Pyroxasulfone 85% WG domestically under section 9(3) FIM vs. FIT.

Pyroxasulfone is a pre-emergence herbicide for wheat, corn, and soybean that ensures increased yields while offering outstanding crop safety by eliminating weeds that pose a threat to these crops. It works by preventing plants from synthesizing, particularly long-chain fatty acids. It is more effective against broadleaf weeds and requires fewer applications than other commercial herbicides. The primary troublesome weed in wheat is Phalaris minor which is controlled by Pyroxasulfone 85% WG.

The market for Pyroxasulfone is over 450 crore and the demand will only increase in the years to come. The company is confident that it will be able to earn 150 crores from the Pyroxasulfone market in the first year after introduction and plans to earn 300-350 crores in the next three years. Pyroxasulfone was previously imported into India from other countries.

Mr. Vimal Kumar, Managing Director of Best Agrolife Ltd. Said, “This is a significant advancement for us. In addition to our proud innovation Ronfen, we launched several 9(3) and generic products in FY23, and we have similar intentions for FY24. With this new registration in hand, BAL has become the first and only agrochemical firm in India to produce both AI and formulations of Pyroxasulfone. We already hold the registration for the manufacturing of Pyroxasulfone technical. We will launch this product in October of this year as we have both product registrations. For the same, we have also applied for a special process patent, which we will receive soon. We have already submitted registration applications in other countries since we intend to manufacture this product for both national and international markets.”

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