Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Potato seed treatment product has broad development prospects

However, at present, domestic seed treatment products are mainly registered for only a few crops, such as corn, wheat, soybean and rice. The number of seed treatment products registered for potato, the fourth largest food crop in China, is very small. With farmers' increasing knowledge of potato seed treatment and the improvement of potato seed treatment equipment, the market for potato seed treatment products has great development potential.

At present, the number of domestic potato seed treatments is too few to meet needs of the market. As of 18 Dec. 2013, there are three companies obtaining the registrations for potato seed treatment products in China, including Syngenta, Bayer and Gansu Huashi Agricultural Technology Co., Ltd.

Moreover, there are only six potato treatment products that have been registered, including two fludioxonil products (25g/L FS), one metalaxyl product (25% FS), two thiamethoxam products (70% ZF) and one imidacloprid product (600g/L FS). These products are used to control black scurf disease (caused by rhizoctonia solani), late blight disease, aphids and grubs.

After years of development, more companies have paid attention to the domestic potato seed treatment market. Therefore, there are some domestic experts predicting that the application of potato seed treatment products will enter a new stage in the next five years and this will promote the rapid and steady development of the potato industry.

China's potato planting area and fresh potato output are the biggest in the world. China's 2012 potato planting area is more than 5.20 million ha. while China's annual fresh potato output is more than 81.54 million tonnes. Inner Mongolia, Guizhou, Gansu, Sichuan, Yunnan, Chongqing and Heilongjiang are the major potato producing areas in China, and the total planting area of these seven regions accounts for more than 70% of China's potato planting area.

The number of potato diseases is more than one hundred, and there are mainly 15 kinds of common potato diseases in China, including late blight, wart disease, scab, early blight, ring rot, bacterial wilt, blackleg, viral disease, bacterial soft rot, dry rot, verticillium wilt, black scurf etc. The late blight, ring rot and viral disease are known as the three major diseases. The main pests to potato are ladybugs, tuber moths, aphids and underground pests such as grubs, mole crickets and cutworms.

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