Nufarm Limited announced that its UK business has secured distribution rights for the Sumitomo Chemical Company range of crop protection products in the UK and Ireland.

The agreement – between Nufarm UK Limited and Sumitomo's subsidiary, Interfarm UK Limited – provides non exclusive distribution rights for Interfarm's agriculture and horticulture range of products, effective June 1, 2015.

The new distribution arrangements will result in a more efficient route to market; enhanced product development and formulation opportunities; and a stronger offering for the customers of both companies.

The General Manager of Nufarm's UK business, John Austin, said the addition of the Interfarm product range will strengthen Nufarm's position in a number of crop segments, including autumn cereal herbicides, and will improve Nufarm's coverage and service to distribution clients and grower customers. He said several proprietary Sumitomo products were due to be launched over coming months.

Nufarm's Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Greg Hunt, welcomed the new distribution arrangements, saying it represents another example of how Nufarm and Sumitomo are continuing to co-operate in ways that add value to both businesses.