The Fargro and Syngenta partnership.
Growers of protected and outdoor ornamentals can look
forward to more plant protection products and technical support with the UK
launch of Ornamental Controls, part of the world-leading agribusiness Syngenta.
“It makes us the only fully dedicated ornamentals control
business to offer a global range of products combined with local technical
support to the sector,” said Daniel Lightfoot, UK Business Manager for
Ornamental Controls. “We believe that sets us apart from other crop protection
He added: “All growers are facing ever tighter regulations
and pressures on availability and use of control products. This is compounded
in the highly competitive ornamentals market with its demand for crops that are
clearly in perfect health and which match tightly defined specifications.
“We have some exciting new products on the way, including a
new insecticide specifically formulated for ornamentals which we are expecting
to be approved soon in the UK.
“Our expertise in crop protection is based on the combined
knowledge generated by some 150 R&D sites around the world.
“We also know growers of ornamental plants are highly
innovative and their knowledge, coupled with that of our partner in the market,
Fargro, helps us deliver the right products for growers.
“Collaborating with growers and our partner is central to
our approach right across the market – from bedding and pot plants to nursery
stock, cut flowers, bulbs, and targeting all major pests and diseases, as well
as plant growth regulation. We provide expert knowledge and advice and by
working together we can tailor effective, reliable programmes with integrated
pest management and resistance management in mind.”
Key to the way Ornamental Controls will work in the UK will
be a collaborative partnership with distributor, Fargro.
“Fargro is already a highly regarded authority in ornamental
crop protection,” said Glenn Kirby, UK Technical Manager for Ornamental
Controls. “And being in day-to-day contact with growers means they really
understand their needs.
“We’ll be working closely with the Fargro team to offer
growers the best possible combination of our R&D, technical resources and
their knowledge to achieve the best results.”
The Ornamental Controls range will include familiar Syngenta
products such as the fungicides Subdue and Switch, the acaricide and
insecticide Dynamec and growth regulator Bonzi. The company plans to launch a
number of new products in the UK, including a new insecticide for the ornamentals
market, some of which are already approved in Europe.