Bayer a German multinational pharmaceutical and life sciences company has inaugurated a Ethiprole unit at its existing manufacturing facility at Vapi in Valsad district of Gujarat to supply both domestic and international markets across Asia Pacific and Latin America.
Ethiprole is an active chemical component ingredient used in manufacturing the insecticides for crop protection products across agri industry.
Sources said, Bayer has invested about ₹ 200 crore in the plant, with an annual production capacity of 1,500 tonnes. Set up in 1994, Bayer’s Vapi unit employs 1,200 full time employees and is the company’s largest global synthetic pyrethroids production facility. With its nearly 80 per cent of the production is exported to the other countries like, US, Brazil, France, Germany, Indonesia, Japan and Australia.
It produces 11 each active ingredients and intermediates for use in crop protection, animal health and home & garden applications.
Mr. Narendra Shah, the Director, Bayer Vapi Private Limited, has said that “The agriculture sector is presently the largest end-user of Ethiprole, which is emerging as one of the best insecticides for various types of crops. With our new insecticide plant setup, we will fulfil domestic needs for Indian agriculture and also export to international agricultural markets. India is one of Bayer’s key growth markets in Crop Science and with this strategic investment, we aim to further enhance our global competitiveness in agrochemical manufacturing and supply chain,”
Ethiprole-based insecticides have been in the market for use since 1994. From 2010 onwards, Bayer has expanded its portfolio of Ethiprole insecticides to include other field and cash crops such as sugarcane, soyabean, corn and cotton. In paddy crop, they are used majorly for controlling three major insect pests – weevils, hoppers and stinkbugs.
This powerful chemical ingredient can not only kill insect pests from standing food crops in the field, it can also increase the shelf life of crops such as peanuts, citrus fruits, wheat and corn during warehouse storage. Ethiprole’s mode of action involves a quick paralyzing of the insect’s central nervous system, thus stop damage to crops and minimizing the spread of diseases from insect carriers.