(Photo: Corteva Brazil leadership during the launching of Cordius seeds brand)
By Leonardo Gottems, correspondent at Brazil
Sao Paulo, July 2nd. Enlist Leader in Corteva Agriscience to Brazil and Paraguay, Christian Meyer Pflug, reveals the preparations for the arrival of the Enlist technology in Brazil. In this interview (originally published in Agropages) he also talks about the differentials that Enlist will bring to the soybean producer in Brazil and what is the market perspective for the launch of this product in the country.
Journalist: How is the arrival of Enlist technology in Brazil being prepared?
Christian Mayer Pflug: First of all, it is important to explain that our marketing strategy is based on the regulatory review of the countries in which we operate or will buy the products that use our solutions. This is in accordance with our conduct of responsible performance and within the Excellence in Good Agricultural Practices. Therefore, we await the approval of regulatory bodies to be able to market the complete Enlist solution. The solution will come with soybean Enlist E3, tolerant to three herbicides. For this technology, we already have approval. Enlist will also come with Conkesta E3 soybeans, which in addition to tolerances to herbicides, has caterpillar protection. Conkesta E3 soybeans are awaiting regulatory approval. Our expectation is to market the complete solution at the beginning of the next decade. It is important to emphasize that Enlist will be available in varieties with high productive potential of the licensed brands and in their own genetics.
J.: How is the presentation to farmers?
CMP: The technology is not yet available in the Brazilian market for marketing, because as we mentioned above, we depend on regulatory approvals. Part of it, which grants tolerance to three herbicides (Enlist E3) is already approved, but we are waiting for the authorization of the Conkesta E3 soybean, which will come with Bt technology and that will give greater coverage of caterpillar control. In the meantime, we are working on presenting Enlist at industry events and trade shows with customers so they can learn the benefit of the solution and want to get it right on the market. In this sense, acceptance has been very positive. We noticed that the farmers are quite anxious for the arrival of Enlist in the market, which represents an evolution in the control of weeds and caterpillars.
J: What differentials does this technology offer?
CMP: Enlist has diversity in the modes of action: tolerance to three herbicides for soybean (2,4-D, Glyphosate and Glufosinate) and four corn herbicides (2,4-D, Glyphosate, Glufosinate and Haloxyfop) and may come with: Bts for soy and 4 Bts for corn. Consequently, it promotes greater control of weeds and caterpillars. Enlist even controls weeds that are no longer controlled satisfactorily by other widely used herbicides today. It also offers more practicality and flexibility to the grower who can use 2,4-D from the desiccation to post-emergence of soybean and corn crops. To encourage responsible use and ensure the longevity of technology, Enlist follows the concepts of Good Agricultural Practices.
J: What is the market outlook?
CMP: Enlist technology represents an evolution in relation to all the solutions that exist today in the market. This is because the Enlist seeds promote excellent weed control performance, even those that today other herbicides can no longer control satisfactorily. When associated with the new Bt technologies, Enlist will also provide extensive control of the major caterpillars that attack these crops.
Photo: Interviewed Mr. Meyer Pflug