News of agribusiness: UPI acquires rice herbicide from DuPont

United Phosphorus Inc. has reached an agreement with DuPont to obtain their bensulfuron-methyl product portfolio, which includes Londax, a leading rice herbicide. Londax provides selective pre-emergence and post-emergence weed control in rice for annual and perennial broadleaf weeds and sedges.

Under the terms of the agreement, UPI, and its parent company United Phosphorus Limited (UPL) will assume global ownership and marketing rights to the bensulfuron-methyl chemistry and its associated trade names.

“The addition of Londax to our portfolio will complement our already strong line of rice products,” says Jeffrey Pritchard, vice president and general manager of United Phosphorus Inc., the North American subsidiary of UPL. “Londax, along with Storm and Ultra Blazer, expands the grass and broadleaf weed control options that rice growers and retailers can utilize from UPI.”

UPI is one of North America’s leading suppliers of post-patent crop protection technologies with a product portfolio that includes generic products as well as branded products such as Surflan and Ultra Blazer herbicides. UPI is a subsidiary of United Phosphorus Limited, India, one of the world’s 10 largest producers and marketers of crop protection and pest control products, including herbicides, insecticides, grain fumigants, fungicides and rodenticides. UPI North America is based in Trenton, N.J.

For more information, contact UPI at 1-800-247-1557, or visit the company’s Web site at

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