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Farmers to spend less on termites with new pesticide

By Nandudu Prossy

Added 19th September 2017 04:02 PM

Using the new chemical, farmers or building owners will have to apply it around the affected area once in 10 years.

Farmers to spend less on termites with new pesticide

Using the new chemical, farmers or building owners will have to apply it around the affected area once in 10 years.

Baryomunsi speaking during the launch of Termidor SC at a function held at the Kampala Serena Hotel on Friday. Photos by Godfrey Kimono
 
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When termites invade a garden, farmers spray using pesticides. This is done daily or on a weekly basis until the pests can no longer be traced on the farm.
  
The same applies to those in the construction industry. Whenever they come across termites on timber, they have to keep spraying. However continuous spraying is expensive.
 
This is according to Associate Prof. Herbert Talwana from Makerere University, department of agriculture production, under the School of Agriculture Sciences and Environment. Talwan revealed this during the launch of an insecticide called Termidor 96 SC by Quality Chemicals. Termidor 96 SC kills termites.
 
Using the new chemical, farmers or building owners will have to apply it around the affected area once in 10 years. This will save a farmer from the weekly purchase of pesticides, according to Talwana.

Baryomunsi (centre), Lukas Viljoen (left) and Dirk Hartmann (second left), together with  Licolin Asembo (right) during the launch of Termidor SC

The effectiveness of the chemical rides on the fact that termites are social insects that stay together and even share food.
 
"When a single termite comes into contact with the chemical, it will unknowingly take it to the colony, and because they do not die instantly, they will transfer it to others through their habit of ‘greeting' each other along the way," said Lukas Viljoen, an expert on the chemical based in South Africa.
 
Officiating at the launch of the chemical, the minister of state for Housing, Chris Baryomunsi called on quality chemicals to ensure that the cost of the pesticide is affordable for people in rural areas who still have wattle houses.
 
"In rural areas people still keep replacing the grass thatched roofs for replacement due to termite infestations, I will be happy if this is spread to the country side and in affordable quantities for all to benefit," said Baryomunsi.
 
 

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