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Syngenta and AMIA unite to help growers maximise quality

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article image (L) Craig Thompson – Syngenta, (M) Peter Delis – Chairman AMIA, (R) Carissa Rixon - Syngenta

Growers will be the ultimate beneficiaries of a new collaboration between Syngenta , and the mango industry’s peak body, the Australian Mango Industry Association (AMIA).

The agreement will help expand communication between the two organisations, enabling Syngenta to better understand the mango industry and develop the products and solutions that will help growers improve orchard management and fruit quality in a sustainable way.

Peter Delis, AMIA’s Chairman says, “We’re very excited to have formalised our relationship with Syngenta, which has the ability to make a real difference to the productivity of mango growers….”

The first example of benefits for growers came last year when growers needed an effective fungicide to combat post harvest diseases. Syngenta Territory Manager, Charissa Rixon, worked closely with AMIA to make Syngenta’s Scholar fungicide available to mango growers.

“Growers were facing a tough season last year and without Scholar, many growers would have had a real challenge in effectively controlling some post harvest diseases,” said AMIA’s Industry Development Manager, Trevor Dunmall.

Scholar is a post harvest fungicide that prevents diseases such as anthracnose, stem end rot and dendritic spot from affecting mangoes. It is also the only product currently able to control dendritic spot and stem-end rot, making it one of the most broad-spectrum fungicides ever developed for post harvest use.

“Scholar offers a far greater level of control of these diseases than any other product because its chemistry is very different from any fungicide ever used post harvest on mangoes,” said Charissa. “It greatly extends the mangoes’ shelf life and has an excellent safety profile – “I think this partnership between our two organisations, and the solutions that it will deliver, will help mango growers produce a more marketable fruit with less fruit breakdown due to stem-end rot and anthracnose, which in the long term will ensure the industry’s profitability.”

The formal agreement will include a structured program of scheduled meetings including quarterly reviews.

For Syngenta, the new relationship is a natural extension of its efforts to more clearly understand the needs of growers.

“We have a very strong grower focus and this collaboration will help us get more of an insight into what challenges mango growers are facing and how those challenges affect them,” explained Syngenta’s Viticulture and Fruit Crops Marketing Manager, Craig Thompson.

“We’ve had an informal working relationship with AMIA for a number of years now and formalising that relationship will give us a stronger and more regular dialogue not just with the association but also with individual growers. We’ll spend more time supporting field days and undertaking specialised research that will result in new solutions becoming available.”

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