The preventative nature of REGALIA MAXX allows the early control of different diseases in more than a dozen crops


REGALIA MAXX is an effective biofungicide for grape growers. (Credit: Mario Alberton from Pixabay)

Bioprotection and plant health solutions provider Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI) and agriculture solutions company UPL have signed an exclusive distribution agreement for REGALIA MAXX fungicide in South Africa.

With a market value of around $300m, South Africa is said to be one of the major crop protection markets in Africa. Wine and table grapes are a major crop in the country with over 120,000ha in production.

UPL Africa, Middle East, Australia and New Zealand (AMEANZ) marketing head Danie Marais said: “UPL is excited to partner with MBI and provide South African farmers with MBI’s leading biological solution, REGALIA MAXX.

“Access to this product will enable our farmers to add value to their export crops by lowering chemical residues and providing consumers with quality produce.”

REGALIA MAXX is already a major bio-fungicide for grape growers in North America

REGALIA MAXX, a bio-fungicide produced by MBI, is one of the top solutions for grape growers in North America. It has the capacity to better handle botrytis and other grape diseases.

REGALIA MAXX holds the capacity to enhance yield and harvest quality by energising the plant’s capacity to fight disease.

The preventative nature of bio-fungicide facilitates the early control of different diseases in more than a dozen crops.

MBI has also submitted an application for the registration of GRANDEVO bioinsecticide in South Africa.

MBI chief commercial officer Kevin Hammill said: “We know growers around the world are looking for more environmentally-friendly and effective products.

“Developing a strategic partnership with UPL, an organization that shares a common vision for the value biologicals provide growers, will allow MBI to capitalize on our product portfolio and expand our global footprint.”

In September 2019, MBI completed the acquisition of Finland-based Pro Farm Technologies for an enterprise value of $31.8m (£25.5m).

UPL is claimed to be the fifth largest agriculture solutions company across the globe with operations in 130 countries. MBI offers biological products for crop protection, plant health and waterway systems treatment.