Eden Research announces that it has signed an agreement with Sipcam Oxon which allows Sipcam to market, distribute and sell, on an exclusive basis, Eden's fungicide product, Mevalone®, in four North African countries, where it will be marketed as “Araw®”.
Sipcam can now distribute Araw for use initially against Botrytis on wine and table grapes, strawberries, tomatoes and cucurbits in Egypt, Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia.
North Africa is well recognized for its agricultural output, which is increasing in quantity and quality. All four countries are members of a biocontrol commission established by the International Organisation for Biological Control (IOBC) which promotes sustainable and environmentally friendly means of managing pests and disease and collaborates with the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Commission of the European Union (CEU) and the European Plant Protection Organisation (EPPO).
The fungicidal active ingredients in Araw are exempt from residue limits and have very low pre-harvest intervals, giving growers the ability to apply the product just prior to harvest, providing maximum benefits and flexibility. This is beneficial for main export markets such as the EU where there are clearly defined maximum residue limits (MRLs) and pesticide residue notifications can lead to rejections at the border.
Commercial activities will begin in the four countries following the receipt of regulatory clearance for the marketing and use of Araw. Following the registration of Eden’s Cedroz in Morocco earlier this year, we anticipate successful registrations in due course.