New fungicide to fight black sigatoka disease

Black Sigatoka - Neil Palmer - Wikimedia CommonsThe fungicide will not leave any residue in the soil, water or air. (Image source: Neil Palmer/Wikimedia Commons)Stockton-Agrimor Philippines, Inc. (SAP) has announced that the Philippine’s Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards has approved the full registration of its new fungicide for banana and plantain

The company, part of the Stockton Group, has developed the fungicide aimed at black sigatoka disease and it will be marketed under the brand name Timorex Gold. Being an eco-friendly biofungicide, it will leave no residue in the soil, water or air and will help reduce the overall chemical load and harmful residue levels in plants.

“This is an important breakthrough for the Philippines,” said Arturo A. Alejar Jr., country manager for SAP. “In the Philippines, Timorex Gold is the first organic fungicide for black sigatoka registered in pursuant of Republic Act 10068, otherwise known as the Organic Agriculture Act of 2010.”

Timorex Gold has also been certified as compliant with the organic standards by the Organic Certification Centre of the Philippines. The certificate of registration is valid for three years until June 2018. The fungicide does not damage beneficial insects and is a fully secure product for aerial spray application and other conventional methods. It addresses the banana growers’ requirements for a pest control mechanism that does not adversely affect the agricultural environment.

During field trials, Timorex Gold has demonstrated multiple sites of action and powerful prophylactic and curative efficacy against black sigatoka with exceptional performance in the most intense disease pressure conditions. It offers a unique advantage under stress conditions caused by the fungus, Mycosphaerella fijiensis, in its different infectious stages.

The Stockton Group will formally launch Timorex Gold on 30 July in Davao City, Philippines.

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