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Provision of New Value for Helping to Enrich People’s lives

Contribution to the Food Issues

Policy/Philosophy

The world's population is increasing mainly in developing countries found in regions such as Asia and Africa, and the global population of 7.6 billion is expected to reach 8.6 billion by 2030. In addition to population growth, agricultural demand is expected to significantly increase due to an increase in demand for food and animal feed mainly in emerging and developing countries as a result of rising income levels and an increase in demand for the use of crop-based biofuels. However, on the supply side there is concern about serious food shortages due to factors such as limits on expanding arable land and the water supply as well as increases in abnormal weather caused by climate change. In order to deal with such food shortages, it is essential to enhance the production capacity of existing farmland. Production materials, such as pesticides that support the agricultural productivity, are playing a greater role.

The Company was established in 1887 as Japan’s first chemical fertilizer manufacturer with the aim of solving the food issue that the country was experiencing at the time following the mission statement "to dedicate ourselves to prosperity of the nation by agricultural fertility". In addition to actively working on the exploration and development of new agricultural agents for use on major crops in Japan and overseas, we will continue to contribute to solving the food issue by expanding product lineups through mergers and acquisitions and acquiring other agents and making these products widely available in Japan and overseas.

Activities

Herbicide

ALTAIR®

ALTAIR®, an active ingredient in herbicides for paddy rice, is a wide-spectrum herbicide that is highly effective in eliminating bulrush and cyperaceous perennial weeds. It is also effective for weeds that are resistant to conventional sulfonylurea-based herbicides. We market this product in Japan, South Korea and China.

 

ROUNDUP® MAXLOAD

In 2002, we acquired the exclusive marketing rights to this product in Japan from Monsanto. While this herbicide kills most weeds, it has low toxicity to humans and animals and does not remain in the soil or in the environment. This herbicide kills most weeds, has low toxicity to humans and animals, and does not remain in the soil/environment. It has become a highly popular herbicide around the world. It is used in agriculture, non-agricultural land, homes, and a variety of other places.

 

SIRIUS®

To meet the needs of farmers, we develop and sell a large number of one-shot herbicides for paddy rice. The main component of these herbicides is SIRIUS®, our proprietary active ingredient. We have been marketing these products in more than 20 countries for over 20 years.

 

TARGA®

An herbicide for the control of grassy weeds around soybeans, beets, cotton, sunflowers, and other broadleaf crops. It is used worldwide, particularly in North America and Europe. In addition, it is sold in Japan under the product name PORTO® Flowable, and is mainly used for soybeans.

 

PERMIT®

In Japan, we sell the middle/late-term agent for rice fields HICUT® and the lawn herbicide INPOOL®, which have shown a high level of effectiveness against spikerush, which is difficult to prevent/eliminate, as products utilizing the characteristic strength of the proprietary active ingredient PERMIT® against sedges. We also market it as PERMIT® in more than 20 overseas countries as an herbicide for paddy rice, corn fields, sugar cane fields and lawns.

 

Insecticide

GRACIA®

A versatile insecticide effective against lepidoptera, thysanoptera, and other wide range of insect pests on vetagetables and teas. It produces outstanding effects against pests that are resistant to existing insecticides, but has limited effects against honeybees. It was launched in South Korea in 2018 and planned to be launched in Japan in 2019. It is also being developed in China and India as well as being evaluated in other Asian countries and South America.

 

STARMITE®

This acaricide prevents and eliminates spider mites from fruits, tea and vegetables. It is extremely safe for the natural enemies of spider mites and useful insects such as honey bees. In South Korea, it is used for fruits and vegetables, and in South America it is used for flowers.

 

SANMITE®

This insecticide / acaricide is effective against spider mites and rust mites in fruit trees, as well as spider mites and whiteflies in vegetables. We also market this product in about 30 overseas countries.

 

Fungicide

LEIMAY®, ORACLE®

These fungicides have specific activity for diseases caused by oomycetes and myxomycetes. We sell LEIMAY®, which is used as an atomizing agent for potatoes, grapes and vegetables, and ORACLE®, which is used for preventing and eliminating the root-knot disease of cruciferous vegetables and soil-borne diseases of potatoes, rice, vegetables and lawns. BESGREEN® meanwhile is designed to prevent diseases in lawns, and is sold in domestic and more than 20 overseas countries including Europe, South Korea and China.

 

GREATAM®, PULSOR®

These products contain a fungicide that we acquired from Dow AgroSciences in 2010. We market GREATAM® for the sheath blight disease that affects paddy rice and IKARUGA® for large patch disease of lawn. We export and sell this product in overseas markets including China, South Korea, India and Brazil under the trade name of PULSOR®.

 

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