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Canada’s PMRA approves larvicides of Valent BioSciences for drone application

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Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has made its first approval of a drone use as an application method for a biocontrol product.

Three of Valent Biosciences products VectoBac® 200G, VectoBac® 1200L, and VectoLex® CG, which are larvicides used in the control of black flies and mosquitoes, are the first products in Canada to be approved for application via drone

“Using a Remote Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) – currently utilized in many parts of the United States for applying larvicides and monitoring pest populations – has previously not been allowed in Canada by the PMRA,” the company said in its release.

“As a company, we have extensive field experience in the United States applying our products via drones,” said Maria Dombrowsky, Valent BioSciences’ Marketing Operations Manager. “Having this registration in Canada will now provide our customers here with greater application flexibility, as well as allow them to more easily access hard-to-treat areas and save them money while maintaining accurate application rates.”

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