China issues first manufacturing approvals for 2015
The Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has issued its first list of pesticide manufacturing approvals for 2015. The majority of the 231 authorisations are for pesticide processing or mixing of agrochemical compounds, while only three companies were granted approvals for the manufacture of active ingredients. The first came for Henan Yale Biotechnology, which was awarded aregisration for the insecticide, matrine (5% mother liquid). The second company was Yancheng South Chemicals, with four herbicide approvals: metamitron (90%), tebuthiuron (97%), imazapic (98%) and imazapyr (98%). The last company to receive ai manufacturing authorisations was Xi’an Modern Pesticide, for the fungicides, propamocarb hydrochloride (90%) and bupirimate (97%). More approvals were given to companies in the northern coastal province of Shandong (79 approvals) than any other region, with Zhejiang coming in second (32 approvals). Shandong rivals Jiangsu province for being China’s main agrochemical manufacturing powerhouse.