Dudutech, a regional pest control company with operations in parts of East Africa, has launched a series of new products in Tanzania in a bid to help boost farmers’ agricultural output.
The portfolio, which was approved by Tanzanian authorities, includes beneficial mites and fungi used to sustainably protect crops against pests such as thrips, red spider mites and root knot nematodes.
The products, traded as Beauvitech, Mytech and Phytotech, will enable flower and vegetable growers to harness nature to protect their crops in a sustainable, environmentally intelligent way.
The launch comes less than a year after Dudutech Limited released a biological solution for control of soil-borne fungal diseases in Kenya. The solution, dubbed, Trichotech, sought to promote environmentally and socially intelligent farming at a time when 14,300 Kenyans are dying annually due to soil, air and water pollution.
Dudutech’s more recent solutions in Tanzania were specially designed and developed under a “by growers for growers” mantra to provide a farmer-focused alternative approach to crop protection. In the past, farmers relied heavily on chemical pest controls which are potentially harmful to the environment, people and long-term economic viability of agribusinesses.
Thrips, red spider mites and nematodes can be difficult to effectively manage using chemicals alone. This is due to a confluence of problems compounding challenges such as resistance management, market restrictions, non-target effects and safety restrictions.
“When these issues arise, farmers suffer lower productivity, reduced plant quality and increased costs. Using biocontrols addresses each of these while protecting the long-term future of growing and selling crops,” Dudutech said in a recent statement.
Phytotech, one of Dudutech’s flagship bio-control products, deploys specially reared beneficial mites that are powerful natural predators, which actively hunt and feed on red spider mites including their eggs, nymphs and adults.
Beauvitech contains spores of a specially developed insect-killing fungus called Beauveria bassiana, which naturally targets thrips in vegetables and flowers.
Mytech contains formulated spores of fungus which trap and digest root knot nematode adults, juveniles and eggs in the soil. Mytech is applied to the growing medium using drip irrigation or spray equipment to allow the fungal colonies to easily spread through the soil to infested regions in the crop.
“Tanzania’s agriculture sector is large and growing but farmers face major challenges in sustainably protecting their crops against pests and diseases which ultimately impact on access to external markets and their bottom line,” explained Dudutech East Africa Sales Manager, Livingstone Chepkulel.
“Dudutech’s entry into the market is an important step forward in securing the long-term future of the agriculture industry in Tanzania,” he concluded.