INDIAN female scientists have invented a more specific formulation, PIPL 1140, to eliminate Fall Army Worms, a move they want replicated in Zambia.
Through the Comprehensive ‘FAW Management Strategy’, a plant based contrafeedent, would see the young worms starve to death as feeding is disrupted due to the application of the biological formulation.
The women scientists were from Ambala, in the Indian State of Haryana, working for a two decade old multinational company, Parijat Industries, which had offices in London, Russia and Mali in West Africa.
“Efforts started when Fall Army Worms fondly known as New Age Locusts appeared in India in 2017 for the first time,” Company Director Vikram Anand said.
Mr. Anand said the company was willing to send a team of scientists to Zambia for joint efforts in eliminating the worms and could build a pesticide manufacturing facility in Zambia if the Country was interested.
“Fields get damaged quickly as one female Fall Army Worm lays about 400 eggs in it’s 4- day life span,” he said.
This came to light when Zambia’s High Commissioner to India Judith Kapijimpanga toured Parijat Industries Research and Development facilities in Ambala, in the Indian State of Haryana.
And Mr. Anand said scientists had further taken care of resistance by Fall Army Worms to achieve higher yields.
“Our scientists also respect global environmental impact and safety as recommended by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and other agencies involved in agricultural chemical control,” he said.
Meanwhile, Zambia’s High Commissioner to India Judith Kapijimpanga said Parijat Industries would be linked to Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU), the Ministry of Agriculture, National Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research (NISIR) and Zambia Agriculture Research Institute (ZARI) among others.
“Fall Army Worms are devastating the Country when erratic rainfall is causing food shortage resulting in relief food distribution,” she said.
Mrs. Kapijimpanga had since requested the company to extend it’s annual scholarship program for agrochemical students to Zambian youths to encourage skills and technology transfer.
“It would be economically viable to obtain the Fall Army Worms formulation directly from you the manufacturer to cut on costs instead of procuring through other multinationals,” she said.
The High Commissioner said she was happy to note that the company also ran a free app, Parijat Kisan, which gave correct information to farmers on types of diseases and specific formulations to elimate plant diseases.
This was contained in a statement released by First Secretary Press and Tourism at the Zambian Mission in India Bangwe Naviley.