Nufarm is excited to announce the launch and first commercial sales of Mainman® insecticide, containing a new unique active ingredient Flonicamid for the New Zealand agriculture market. 

Mainman will provide New Zealand horticultural growers an excellent new option to control insect pests in high value potato crops.

Mainman belongs to the Pyridinecarboxamide (Group 29) class of chemistry.  It is the only product available in this class in New Zealand and therefore offers an important option for resistance management. It is a novel systemic insecticide with selective activity against hemipterous pests, such as psyllids, aphids and whiteflies, and thysanopterous pests, such as thrips and is effective on all resistant populations including neonicotinoid resistant aphids. 

Mainman also provides larvicidal and adulticidal activity mainly via ingestion, rapidly controlling key economic pests. Mainman exhibits excellent translaminar and systemic movement within plants and provides rapid cessation of feeding and long-lasting control.

Mainman is currently registered to provide control of aphids and tomato/potato psyllid in potato crops, with a low use rate of 160g/ha resulting in less active ingredient required per hectare compared to many other insecticides.

Mainman is ideal for integrated pest management (IPM) programmes as it is soft on a wide range of beneficial insects and foraging honey bees.

Ongoing development work from Nufarm will soon deliver additional registrations in more crops and on more pests as the label for this exciting product rapidly expands. 

Mainman has been developed for the New Zealand agricultural market in partnership with Ishihara Sangyo Kaisha Ltd. of Osaka, Japan.

The active ingredient flonicamid and the formulated product Mainman were invented and developed by Ishihara Sangyo Kaisha, Ltd.

Mainman® is a registered trademark of Ishihara Sangyo Kaisha, Ltd.

Nufarm is one of the world’s leading developers and manufacturers of seeds and crop protection solutions. For more than 100 years Nufarm has been finding more effective ways to fight disease, weeds and pests to increase the yields of farmers’ crops, by turning world-leading scientific breakthroughs into local solutions.

Discover more on Mainman® today.