EFFICON (Syllabus: GS Paper 3 – Sci and Tech)

News-CRUX-10     8th May 2024        
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Context: Chemical solutions company BASF has launched Efficon, a new insecticide, in India to help farmers tackle sucking pests.


  • About: Efficon insecticide marks the debut of compounds in the market belonging to the new IRAC group 36, representing a groundbreaking class of insecticides (Group 36 — pyridazine).
  • Feature: Efficon presents a unique mode of action, specifically targeting piercing and sucking pests like Aphids, Jassids, and Whiteflies, effectively controlling multiple life stages of these pests.
  • Impact: Upon application, Efficon swiftly halts insects from feeding, mitigating plant injury and offering enduring residual control, thanks to its systemic properties.
  • Agricultural Threat Mitigation: Piercing and sucking pests, prevalent in India, inflict substantial harm to crops, leading to productivity and yield losses ranging from 35 to 40 percent.
  • Early Market: India, following Australia, emerges as one of the initial nations where Efficon was launched, with its introduction in 2023.


  • Supports integrated pest management (IPM) by being compatible with beneficial releases.
  • Demonstrates favorable safety and environmental characteristics.
  • Effectively manages pests with diminished susceptibility to alternative insecticides.
  • Promotes rapid cessation of feeding, thereby reducing virus transmission.
  • Offers enhanced crop protection post-closure through systemic, oral, and contact actions.