Eden is pleased to announce that its commercial partner, Eastman Chemical Company ("Eastman"), has received full authorisation for Eden's nematicide formulation, marketed as CedrozTM by Eastman, from the Belgian Ministry of Agriculture.
Cedroz is an innovative and natural solution designed to fight nematodes, a pest that is known to cause severe damage to crops globally for both open field and greenhouse growers, resulting in potential yield losses and increasing farmers' costs. Belgium has authorised the use of Cedroz on a wide range of crops, including cucumbers, courgettes, melons, aubergine, peppers, tomatoes and strawberries.
Whilst the market opportunities for Cedroz in Belgium are smaller than in other markets such as Italy and Spain, this is the first full authorisation in the EU following the initial authorisation of Cedroz by the Rapporteur Member State, Malta, earlier this year. This is also the first authorisation of any Eden formulated product for use in greenhouse applications in Europe.
In line with consumer demand and a regulatory push for products that support sustainable agriculture and zero pesticide residues, Cedroz is an attractive alternative for farmers looking to fight nematodes in an environmentally friendly way. Unlike many other products, Cedroz is residue-free and has a zero-day pre-harvest interval, thereby allowing applications right up to harvest, if required.
Sean Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Eden, said: "There are multiple, significant opportunities for the use of Cedroz in greenhouse applications which means that the authorisation in Belgium, where the primary use will be in greenhouses, is a very good starting point for authorisations to come in other EU Member States.
In addition, authorisations which are due to follow in other Member States will also include outdoor application where the market opportunities are potentially even greater."
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