Crop Protection

FMC launches pre-emergent herbicide Austral® to support sugarcane farmers in India

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27 June 2022, Mumbai: FMC India announced the launch of Austral® herbicide, a new pre-emergent herbicide for sugarcane crop. Austral® herbicide (Technical: Clomazone 22.5% + Metribuzin 21% WP) provides a new level of broad-spectrum weed control in the critical growth stage of sugarcane, ensuring strong establishment of the crop for a better yield.


India is the second largest producer of sugarcane in the world. However, each year, sugarcane farmers incur heavy crop losses due to weeds, and various grasses and broadleaf weeds have remained a major challenge to control. The Indian Council of Agricultural Research -Sugarcane Breeding Institute (ICAR – SBI) estimates the reduction in cane productivity is anywhere from 10 percent to as much as 70 percent, depending on the nature and intensity of the different weed species infesting the fields.

Austral® herbicide’s unique dual mode of action offers a weed free condition during the critical crop-weed competition period in sugarcane. This innovative proprietary product solution forms a layer of protection on top of the soil, inhibiting weeds to germinate during the critical crop growth phase, resulting in higher numbers of healthy tillers and thereby higher yields in sugarcane.

FMC India President Mr. Ravi Annavarapu said, “At FMC, we are driven by a strong R&D pipeline, committed to bring the latest global technologies and introduce novel and sustainable solutions to address Indian farmers’ challenges. The introduction of Austral® herbicide for sugarcane farmers is a testimony to our commitment of enabling better yield through technology-driven, scientific solutions. We are confident that Austral® herbicide will help sugarcane farmers improve their income through effective weed protection for a superior harvest”.

Austral® herbicide will be available in 500g and 1kg packs at leading retail stores across the country for the coming season.

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