China issues 2014’s first pesticide company licences
China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has issued its first batch of licences for companies to engage in pesticide manufacture in 2014. Five companies were issued with approvals, three of which were given the go ahead to produce pesticide technical material: Henan Yale Biotech, for a 100 tonnes/year facility for the insecticide, matrine (5% mother liquid); Shanghai DuPont Agrochemical, for a 800 tonnes/year facility for the insecticide, chlorantraniliprole (95.3%); and Heilongjiang Deqiang Bio for a 100 tonnes/year plant for the manufacture of ningnan toxin (40%). The other two companies were granted permission to produce pesticide formulations. The MIIT released seven such lists last year.