CCM:Enterprises feel helpless about policy to ban paraquat AS 07-28-2016

There is less than 3 months before the prohibition of paraquat AS begins on 1 July, 2016. In order to know how Chinese paraquat enterprises are taking measures to deal with this situation, CCM interviewed Liu Zhiwen, technical director of Shandong Lvbang Crop Science Co., Ltd.

CCM: Currently, paraquat producers like Nanjing Redsun Co., Ltd. (Nanjing Redsun), Hubei Sanonda Co., Ltd., Shandong Luba Chemical Co., Ltd. (Shandong Luba), Shandong Kexin Bio-Chemistry Co., Ltd. (Shandong Kexin) and Zhejiang Funong Biological Technology Co., Ltd. (Zhejiang Yongnong Chem. Ind. Co., Ltd. formerly) are going to lose market share in China's paraquat market. What kinds of measures they have done to cope with this situation?

Liu Zhiwen: At present, only Nanjing Redsun is allowed to produce paraquat GW in China. China has canceled all paraquat AS registrations and prohibited new paraquat registrations. This is bad news for Shandong Kexin because it has just developed the crystal water-containing paraquat SGX which is more environmentally friendly. This type of paraquat SGX is quite different from the traditional types because it is very environmentally friendly.

Despite this, the president of Shandong Pesticide Chemical Research Institute wrote a report to vindicate paraquat. Likewise, Zhao Yan, president of Shandong Luba wrote a report for a meeting to prove that the synthetic technology of paraquat has low pollution, and paraquat is of great efficacy in application as well as of good price performance. Some big paraquat enterprises have cooperated to provide some preventive measures to greatly reduce the poisoning effects of paraquat to humans by using the "emetic + odorizor" technology.

Paraquat enterprises are greatly impacted by the ban on paraquat AS unless they can develop substitutes for paraquat.

CCM: So, how about the development of non-AS paraquat? Which enterprises are planning to promote new paraquat formulations for sale?

Liu Zhiwen: Developing new paraquat formulations is prohibited. Only Nanjing Redsun can sell its paraquat GW. At present, no enterprises are researching paraquat as the Ministry of Agriculture of the People's Republic of China has completely banned the registration of paraquat. 

CCM: Does this mean that paraquat will entirely exit the Chinese market if new paraquat formulations are banned? How likely will it happen and what is the reason?

Liu Zhiwen: Yes. Parquat will entirely withdraw from the Chinese pesticide market as only exporting paraquat TC/ formulations are allowed in China. Of course, Nanjing Redsun can sell its paraquat GW. But after its registration expires, the company will not be able to renew the registration. Regarding whether Nanjing Redsun will put paraquat GW into operation and promote it to the market, that depends on its marketing strategy.


CCM: With the ban of paraquat AS, what other herbicides will Chinese pesticide makers choose to replace paraquat? How about the competitiveness of some popular substitutes like glyphoste, glufosinate-ammonium and diquat? And which enterprises are developing these products?

Liu Zhiwen: Glufosinate-ammonium is the most promising substitute for paraquat. Now, Lier Chemical Co., Ltd. (Lier Chemical), Zhejiang Wynca Chemical Industry Group Co., Ltd., Zhejiang Funong and Shandong Binnong Technology Co., Ltd. have large production capacities for glufosinate-ammonium, especially Lier Chemical. Certainly, glyphosate also has a huge market. Diquat cannot compete with glufosinate-ammonium and glyphosate.

CCM: Since paraquat is the major downstream product of pyridine, what impact does the ban of parquat have on the pyridine market?

Liu Zhiwen: The consumption of pyridine mainly relies on paraquat exports and the production of diquat TC. But the consumption of diquat is not very large. Pyridine enjoys a wide range of applications such as medicines. The pyridine market will be affected by the ban of paraquat in the short run.

CCM: Even though China still allows the production and registration of paraquat for export, is there really no impact on the export market of paraquat?

Liu Zhiwen: Yes. The export market will not be affected. After all, paraquat receives recognition from many countries in the international market.


This article comes from Herbicides China News 1604, CCM


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