Farming and Crop Protection 

BASF launches two new herbicides, Facet® and Duvelon® to support rice and tea growers tackle problematic weeds

  • Facet®  delivers efficient and reliable weed control of key grassy weed Echinochloa spp in rice crop

  • Duvelon® powered by Kixor® Active offers effective weed management programme in tea plantations

  • Launch expands the company’s offering in rice and tea herbicide markets, delivering high-efficacy products that respond to growers’ needs


Raipur, India – May 4, 2023 – India is the world’s second largest producer of both rice and tea crops. However, the control of problematic weeds is one of the key challenges for farmers growing rice and tea in India, preventing them from harvesting high-quality produce. BASF has now launched two new herbicides, Facet® and Duvelon®, to support rice and tea farmers in India safeguard their crops from invasive weeds. Facet® is formulated for application in rice fields, and the formulation of Duvelon® is optimized for the use in tea plantations. These latest innovations offer farmers in India a reliable solution for weed management.

facet launch

Facet® delivers efficient and reliable weed control of the key grassy weed Echinochloa spp. The pioneering solution is powered by BASF’s active ingredient, Quinclorac, in a specialized formulation. It has a mode of action different from many prevailing rice herbicides. It is also an excellent tool for Rice growers as an efficient tank mix partner for overall weed management in direct seeded and transplanted rice, allowing for flexible application.

Duvelon® powered by Kixor® Active is an innovative solution for effective weed management in tea. It helps to control a variety of broadleaf weeds, including those that have become a severe menace with their tolerance to conventional herbicides. It can be applied post emergent for direct application in tea gardens. Besides tea, it also has label for non-crop segment for a range of broadleaf weeds.

“We are proud to offer growers in India two innovative herbicides, Facet® for rice and Duvelon® for tea. These novel herbicides in India are a testament to BASF’s commitment to innovation and sustainability of Indian agriculture,” said Rajendra Velagala, Business Director, Agricultural Solutions, South Asia. “We are convinced that by providing farmers with effective and sustainable solutions, we can support them to meet the growing demand for food while reducing the impact on the environment.”

Click here to learn more about Facet®

Click here to learn more about Duvelon®


Media Relations Contact for BASF Agricultural  Solutions (India):
Pratishtha Kandpal
Mob: 7500733673, pratishtha.kandpal@basf.com