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MANILA, Philippines - Listed agro-chemical firm Chemrez Technologies Inc. has released an organic spray oil that promises to eradicate coconut scale insects in 48 hours.

According to product distributor Sinochem Crop Protection (Phil) Inc., the product called Crop Guard, had been tested in coconut plantations in Calabarzon and Basilan.

Sinochem country manager Bernard Canapi said Cropguard has been registered with the Fertilizer and Pesticides Authority (FPA) and has been granted emergency use approval.

Canapi said a test conducted by the University of the Philippines in Los Banos showed that Cropguard begins to kill coconut scale insects 48 hours after application.