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1 This Issue A Message From Our General Manager, Trial Results, Product of the Year, New Biological Product and a cause close to our hearts. ISSUE #11 A look back at 2014 Contributors COLEACP Thanasis Kourdoumpalos SARI Institute University of Zambia, School of Agricultural Sciences Tim Major Pieter Fourie As always we would like to start our issue with a message from our General Manager, followed by trial results of several of our products. In addition, we would like to introduce to you the product of the year and a new biological product. We will close this issue with a charity close to our hearts. How To Navigate IT S EASY! This file works like any web page you might have visited. Once you ve finished reading the page, simply click the Next button; If you want to review the previous page, just click the Back button; WANT TO KEEP A PRINTED VERSION OF SINERIA NEWS BULLETIN? Simply click Print and it will automatically open your print dialogue box. Just select your settings as you would normally. Exit will quit this bulletin and return you to your application. There are also inter There are also interactive buttons below that give you instant access to the Sineria web site and inquries. PRINT EXIT

2 A note from the General Manager In line with Sineria s vision to further develop more sustainable and green products, I am both happy and proud to inform you that 2014 has been a successful year. Not only have we continued to support farmers with our established range of products, we have also introduced several new biological products with fantastic results. The same applies to our extended inoculants range, which is further elaborated in this newsletter. In 2014 Sineria has been able to extend its growth. We have launched our new subsidiary in Mozambique - "Sineria Mozambique Lda", and our activities in Sub Sahara Africa have grown at impressive rates. For 2015 the forecasts are good and Sineria is dedicated to continue to extend its strength to benefit our partners, suppliers, customers and most importantly the end users. In this regard I would like to draw your attention to our recently upgraded website which is now a strong informative tool. Marios Paraskeva It has been a busy year for Sineria with many road shows and seminars throughout Africa, about which you will find more details further in this newsletter. We also continue to put strong emphasis on informing and educating farmers on sustainable farming. Sineria, with attention to the farmer s needs and respect to the consumer, offers a complete range of products for effective crop protection with regard to environmentally sustainable farming, focussing on low MRL index's, Integrated pest managment programs where our key products are incorporated and Organic farming compatible products, this way Sineria helps to protect the crops and meet the demands of the changing markets. Sineria also remains dedicated to support the community through various local and international charities. One of the charities we supported this year Save a Child s Heart will be highlighted further into this newsletter. The end of 2014 is rapidly approaching, as always I would like to express my gratitude to all our customers and business associates for the continuance of our mutual beneficial business relationships. In 2015 we plan to continue improving our services and invest in new biological and environmental friendly products. We would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones all the best for 2015! Warm Regards, Marios Paraskeva General Manager

3 Trials & Performance of: Kobe 1.2SL Efficacy against Powdery Mildew Sineria in collaboration with its partners and in its constant effort to develop a strong range of biological products, ran extensive trials with our latest Bio fungicide - Kobe 1.2SL. Kobe 1.2SL is a novel Bio-Fungicide/Bactericide/ Viricide. With its unique mode of action, Kobe 1.2 SL offers excellent crop protection on a wide range of crops against phytopathogenic fungi, bacterial diseases and plant viruses. Source: R&D Agri-Solutions, Montana Park, RSA Kobe 1.2 SL Protection of New Leaves Kobe 1.2SL underwent a series of extensive trials against powdery mildew on both ornamentals and vegetable crops In the Republic of South Africa. The trials were done by an independent research organisation. In February and March 2014, a trial was done to assess the comparative fungicidal efficacy and crop selectivity of Kobe 1.2SL for the control of powdery mildew in gerberas vs. commercially important fungicides such as Boscalid. The trial confirmed the protective and curative activity of Kobe 1.2SL and demonstrated excellent protection of the new growth after application of the product! Kobe 1.2SL displayed excellent levels of activity against powdery mildew throughout the trial. Source: R&D Agri-Solutions, Montana Park, RSA

4 Trials & Performance of: Continued Maize Necrosis Lethal Virus disease (MLND) poses the greatest threat on the most important staple food of Sub-Sahara Africa (SSA). The yield loses from MLND are estimated from 30 to 100%. Local farmers refer to it as "Koroito" (Plague). Sineria offers local farmers the best solution for Maize protection against this devastating disease: Kobe 1.2SL! Sineria, in co-operation with Selian Agricultural Research Institute (SARI Institute), ran extensive trials during 2014 with Kobe 1.2SL against MLND. Kobe 1.2SL showed excellent results. MLND FREE 2m apart MLND Infected Non foliar application - maize plants infected by MLND Source: SARI Institute, Tanzania Foliar application with the combination of Imidacloprid 10% + beta-cyfluthin 4.5% and Kobe 1.2SL

5 Seed Dressing Trials & Performance of: The effect of on Grain Yield of Soybean is a high analyze suspension concentrate nutritional seed dressing product that is applied on a wide range of open field seeds among them beans, maize,wheat and potatoes is a special formulation of 30% Zinc (Zn), 30% Manganese (Mn) and high concentration of root growth hormones Source: C.N. Musonda, School of Agricultural Sciences, University of Zambia, Zambia 1= Inoculated seed 2= Inoculated seed = Uninoculated seed = Inoculated seed + Germinator DS 5= Uninoculated seed + Germinator DS 6= Inoculated seed + Germinator DS = Uninoculated seed + Germinator DS ensures that young seedlings and plants receive a healthy and vigorous start in life. The School of Agricultural Sciences at the University of Zambia, conducted extensive field research that combined a range of Biological inoculants with 30-30, demonstrating stronger germination on roots development and germination. Inoculated and non-inoculated soybeans were treated with and Germinator DS (Imidachloprid 10% + Metalaxyl 10% + Thiram 10% DS) individually and as a combination. Treating seeds with 30-30, in combination with various inoculants ultimately increased the yield of selective soybean varieties and thus opportunities for obtaining higher yields. The treatment with both increased the total yield of the soybean and the seed germination!

6 Trials & Performance of: Maximus SE is a selective, pre- and post-emergence herbicide for the control of annual grasses and broadleaf weeds in maize, sugarcane and selective cultivars of sorghum. Maximus SE was developped as an effective, postemergence weed management, offering an excellent solution for cost effective, long lasting residual weed management. Maize treated with Maximus SE Sorghum treated with Maximus SE (Zimbabwe, 2014) (Zimbabwe, 2014)

7 Trials & Performance of: continued Trial Details Zimbabwe Application rate: 1.6 lt/ha Trial Results: The overall efficacy of Maximus SE in Zimbabwe was 92% against both broad leaf weeds and grasses. Maximus SE completely controlled the Wandering Jew weed (Commelina benghalensis). Trial Details Kenya Maximus SE compared to other products Source: Cyberia Research Center, Kenya Source: Cyberia Research Center, Kenya Maximus SE another Excellent New Sineria product!

8 Trials & Performance of: In addition to Maximus SE Sineria also introduced Spencer 260 OD for effective, long lasting, post-emergence weed management in maize. Spencer 260 OD is a unique Oil Dispersion formulation which offers a stable and effective combination of three Active Ingredients with different mode of action for the effective control of both annual grasses and broadleaf weeds in maize. Each droplet of Spencer 260 OD contains all three Active Ingredients. Every single oil droplet is covered by a water film. The Oil acts in 4 distinct ways: 1. As a carrier of the active ingredient into the plant tissues 2. As a solvent of the technical ingredients 3. As a safener no phytotoxicity 4. As a protector of the active ingredient against adverse conditions (UV, ph, heat, etc) AFTER: Spencer 260 OD application (Zimbabwe, 2014) Trial Details Zimbabwe Application rate: 2 lt/ha Trial Results: The overall efficacy of Spencer 260 OD in Zimbabwe was 96% against both broadleaf weeds and annual grasses! Spencer 260 OD exhibited excellent control of the malicious Shamva Grass (Rottboellia cochinchinensis). BEFORE: Spencer 260 OD application (Zimbabwe, 2014)

9 Trials & Performance of: 2.4SL Efficacy of LEVO 2.4 SL compared to other insecticides for the control of Whitefly 1st 4th instars in greenhouse tomatoes During 2014, Sineria in collaboration with Brandt Consolidated Inc., Illinois, USA and the University of Florida-IFAS, ran extensive trials to check the efficacy of Sineria s leading bio-insecticide Levo 2.4SL. Levo 2.4 SL is a novel broad spectrum Biological insecticide for use on a wide range of crops against a broad spectrum of pests. Despite the fact that Levo 2.4 SL shows excellent efficacy against many species of insect pests and spider mites it is able to discriminate and has a low mortality rate against beneficial insects and mites. Levo 2.4 SL is a natural derivative from the plant Sophora flavescens, a wellknown medicinal plant. It does not contain any synthetic ingredients and is therefore safe to human and livestock and is environmental friendly. Source: University of Florida - IFAS, USA Levo 2.4 SL is ECOCERT accredited and poses very low residue index. This important character qualifies Levo 2.4 SL to be used in IPM programs as well as in Organic Agriculture and in other cases where low residue products are required. The trials showed impressive results!

10 Sineria's Product of the year: ORIZON is a new nematicide/insecticide by Sineria, with a wide range of control attributed by the product's double mode of action. The product is composed of two active ingredients, Abamectin and Acetamiprid. The combination of two powerful insecticides with different chemical and biological properties, provides strong insecticidal and nematicidal activity. Acetamiprid, a systemic insecticide from the Neonicotinoid group, systematically mobilizes and provokes the inhibition of all vital functions of the nematode. It exerts its action by blocking the acetylcholine receptors in the nervous system. The nematodes affected by Acetamiprid stop eating and moving, until they eventually die. Abamectin, a natural fermentation product derived from soil bacteria penetrates the plant tissues translaminary to provide residual control. ORIZON is absorbed by the plant through the root meristem, that is the main area attacked by nematodes. Orizon EC crop application An important aspect of nematode control is to never wait until a crop is infected! Applying the treatment prior to nematode infection will ensure the full benefits of using ORIZON. Best root absorption: We know that not all the abamectins are the same. In the case of abamectins with emulsifiable concentrate formulation, this formulation remains adhered to the soil particles, the active ingredient is water-soluble and its absorption is limited in the soil. For common abamectin that is used for insect and mite control the active ingredient consist of 2 isomers B1a+B1b. ORIZON however contain 2 separate isomers B2a and B2b, that show better and long lasting effect on nematodes control. Since ORIZON comes as a concentrated aqueous-based suspension it is easily absorbed by the plants' roots. Orizon EC seedling application

11 Sineria's Product of the year: In action! Orizon EC commercial tomato greenhouse trial - Root-Knot Nematodes. Untreated-control Lettuce Lettuce treated with Orizon EC Greece, 2011 Orizon Treatment, July 2013, Maize, South Africa

12 Introducing New State of the Art Bio Pesticide 18WP Pacylos 18 WP is a Bio-pesticide of Futureco BioScience for the biological control of whiteflies, aphids, beetles, caterpillars and flies. Pacylos 18 WP, traded in Europe as NoFly 18 WP, is a EuroGap approved product registered and produced in Europe. Pacylos 18 WP is an ideal tool for Integrated Pest Management Programs. In East Africa, Sineria in collaboration with Amiran Kenya Ltd, introduced Pacylos 18 WP this year at one of Sineria's several Low Residue seminars. Pacylos 18 WP is a unique formulation of Paecilomyces fumosoroseus strain FE This microorganism is a naturally occurring fungus geographically widespread and is a common pathogen of insect pests. Paecilomyces fumosoroseus is not a plant pathogenic organism and does not produce significant detrimental effects on beneficial insects, including bees and bumblebees. Nevertheless Pacylos 18 WP provides rapid results with a long lasting solution for hard to control pest such as mealy bugs.

13 Social Responsibility Sineria continues to support the local communities throughout Africa and the Middle East, by supporting several charities focused on education, health and environment. In 2014 Sineria supported "Save a Child's Heart" Kenya. Many young children in Africa need lifesaving surgery and treatment in order to cure their heart disease and grow-up to live a healthier and more productive live. Save a Child s Heart provides life-saving cardiac surgery and other lifesaving procedures. To date, Save a Child s Heart charity has saved the lives of over 3,000 children from Africa, South America, Europe, and the Middle East. By mending hearts, regardless of race, religion, gender, nationality, or financial status, the charity contributes to a more peaceful and productive world; a happier, healthier world and a better world for all children, and their families. Save a Child s Heart saves children with congenital and acquired heart defects who have almost no chance of surviving to adulthood in their countries by providing surgery that would otherwise be unobtainable. Currently, there are more than 1000 children on their waiting list. This year Sineria helped make such an operation possible by providing part of the required funds, resources and management time. In addition Sineria will continue with its on going support of Kenya Children s Home by continuing to empower the local families with small business skills so that they can improve their income in readiness for the reintegration of the children back into the community.

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