Bayer launches Sivanto Prime for coffee in Brazil

After 15 years of research and investment, Bayer has launched Sivanto Prime 200 SL (flupyradifurone) in Brazil. Sivanto is an insecticide that is effective against the coffee leaf miner (Leucoptera Coffeella). Coffee leaf miner defoliates the coffee plant, and can reduce yields by 30% to 40%.
Fabio Maia, Bayer’s marketing manager for fruits and vegetables, coffee, citrus, and tobacco, explained that the Sivanto active principle has a novel mode of action because it acts within the insect’s nervous system.
“There is no product in the market having this technology. Another differential is that it can be sprayed on soil, as well as on the leaf, the only one in the market with this characteristic, easing crop management,” said Maia. “If the recommendations of the agronomist, as well as the instructions on the packages for its application are followed, the product does not offer risk to the environment and beneficial insects, that is, natural enemies of the crop, like wasps and ladybugs, which do a natural predation on coffee,” he added. 
Before the product was launched, the company conducted trials in 50 demonstrative areas in the regions of Cerrado Mineiro, Mogiaria, and Alta Paulista. “We obtained impressive results when Sivanto was sprayed on the plant. If we compare the management of the crop without insecticide, we had 17% of leaves with live leaf miners, which after the application of Sivanto, reduced by almost 100%,” Maia noted.