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Oil palm

The acceptance of palm oil worldwide is due to its unique properties that encourage its use in a wide range of end products. In the food industry, palm oil is used as a cooking oil and shortening and in the manufacture of margarine, non-dairy creamers and ice cream. Palm oil produced from the oil palm tree is a main source of income for many farmers in South East Asia, Central and West Africa, and Central America.

Oil palm tree

In perennial crops like oil palm, weeds grow constantly, prompted by the weather and changing seasons. Frequently, outbreaks of weeds occur after a long dry season. This is thus a period when weeding and application of herbicides are carried out more extensively. However, overreliance on Glyphosate has caused serious weed resistance problems in recent years.

The use of Glufosinate-ammonium as an alternative to Glyphosate helps avoid problems of weed resistance in oil palm. Glufosinate-ammonium is a highly effective tool for controlling a broad spectrum of weeds in oil palm, and has thus enabled a significant increase in yields over the last three decades. Also, the herbicide can be used to manage weeds in plantations not only to reduce competition to the oil palms, but also to minimize soil erosion and maintain habitats.

Did you know?

  • Palm oil has now overtaken soybean oil to be the world’s leading vegetable oil. It yields up to 10 times more oil per hectare than rapeseed, soybeans or sunflowers.1
  • A research study on oil palm in Ghana found a very high diversity of weed species - 136 weed species were present in a 50-hectare oil palm plantation.2

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Fighting weed resistance

Overreliance on a single herbicide can cause the development of resistant weeds jeopardizing yields.

Benefits for the crop

Glufosinate-ammonium has enabled the healthy production of more than 100 crops.

Benefits in the field

Glufosinate-ammonium’s unique chemistry enables a substantial increase in yields and offers significant agricultural advantages.

Sustainability

Glufosinate-ammonium preserves the balance between the needs of the environment, economy and society.

Basics

Glufosinate-ammonium is one of the most widely-applied broad-spectrum herbicides, controlling weeds in a huge variety of crops worldwide.

Safety

The use of a plant protection product is only authorized if the resulting exposure of the consumer to residues is shown to be less than a toxicological limit which always includes a safety factor of at least 100.

Benefits

For more than 30 years, Glufosinate-ammonium has become one of the key herbicides in global agriculture. For farmers, the product offers a unique, simple and effective weed control in a variety of crops, while preserving a balance between the needs of the environment, economy and society.