DIAZNINON, a leading insecticide in U.S. agriculture for more than 40 years, will continue to be available to U.S. farmers under an agreement reached between Makhteshim-Agan of North America, Inc. (MANA), Syngenta Crop Protection USA, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Under this agreement, major agricultural uses will be retained, while indoor and homeowner uses will be eliminated or phased out over the next several years. Indoor uses will be canceled by March 2001. Lawn, garden and turf uses will no longer be allowed after December 2004.

Roughly 40 important crops will continue to be supported, including all trees and vines and some vegetables. In addition the USDA and IR4 will continue to work with MANA to support additional minor uses of diazinon.

"Makhteshim Agan is committed to the diazinon business in the U.S. and throughout the world," said Musa Givon, president of MANA. "We see many years of life left in diazinon in the agricultural markets because it is a valuable, effective and safe product. We have strong commitments to diazinon, including recent and substantial investment in production facilities. We will also continue to generate health and safety data to support diazinon and ensure that it continues to meet the standards of the FQPA."

MANA is a company of Makhteshim-Agan Industries Ltd. (MAI), based in Israel. MAI is a subsidiary of Koor Industries and is the world's largest and most geographically diverse generic manufacturer of crop protection products.