Hayleys Agro Products Ltd (HAPL) has launched two powerful new rice herbicides that could significantly improve yields of the staple food produce of the country by effectively controlling weeds at a time when worldwide attention is focused on the emerging food crisis.
Ricestar, a new herbicide developed by Bayer CropScience Germany contains the breakthrough active ingredient fenoxaprop-p-ethyl to provide maximum protection against specific types of weeds, with minimal impact on the environment.
Ricestar is designed to work alongside Sunrice, another powerful weed-specific herbicide from Bayer. Together, the two herbicides provide maximum efficacy to efforts to combat weeds that choke paddy and help improve yields, the company said in a press release.
Present as the Guest of Honour at the launch in Colombo of the two herbicides, the Country Head of Bayer CropScience - Thailand Dr Harald Printz pointed out that studies have shown that without crop protection, half the world’s food crops would be lost.
“As a result of population growth and the decline of arable lands, rice stocks are at a historical low at present. Therefore demand is high for crop protection products,” Dr. Printz said.
Chief Executive Officer of Hayleys Agro Upali Gangoda said research by Bayer had helped improve the efficacy of crop protection chemicals resulting in a reduction of the quantities that are being used, making them environmental friendly.