Incotec Malaysia/Subur Kurnia seed coating deal
The Malaysian subsidiary of Dutch seed treatment firm Incotec (Enkuizen) has entered a joint venture with Malaysian paddy rice association Subur Kurnia for the production and distribution of coated seeds for paddy rice in Malaysia. The joint venture will initially focus on the marketing of a seed coating for rice developed by Incotec and containing the molluscicide, metaldahyde, for protection from the golden apple snail (Pomacea canaliculata), which is a devastating pest for rice crops in South-East Asia. The “unique” seed coating is extremely innovative and offers improved protection from the golden apple snails in a way that is “very environmentally friendly”, the company says. “In the coming years, we expect to introduce this new coating all over the South-East Asian region where the golden apple snail is causing problems,” says Incotec Malaysia general manager Cyril Hew. In March, Incotec agreed a collaboration with Swiss chemical company Lonza to develop, register and market metaldehyde-coated rice seeds for the control of golden apple snails on rice.