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Wivokil scoring high in grain protection

Written by  Brian Itai
Acting General Manager for AHL Chemicals and Steel Company Dr Edmund Chirambo (second from left) addressing members of the media - Pic by Brian Itai Acting General Manager for AHL Chemicals and Steel Company Dr Edmund Chirambo (second from left) addressing members of the media - Pic by Brian Itai

Lilongwe, January 3, 2017: Grain protectant Wivokil has been lauded for the impacting it is making in helping reduce post-harvest losses, one problem that is hit Malawian farmers so hard over the years.

The locally made insecticide which is a product of AHL Chemical and Steel (ACSL), has helped ease the huge problem of post-harvest grain damage which previously was responsible for 20-40 percent losses that farmers made after harvesting.

Acting General Manager for ACSL Dr Edmund Chirambo, said the continuous risk of grain damage remains a major public food security problem as it threatens food security and causes hunger that could be avoided.

Dr Chirambo said it is for that reason that ACSL after years of extensive research and wide consultations and engagement with world class researchers thought of coming up with the insecticide to help arrest the problem of post-harvest grain damage in the country.

“In some instances, major portions of the grain harvested are destroyed by insects such as maize weevils and large grain borer especially where people lack well secured storage facilities like in villages.

“We started producing Wivokil in 2011 and I am happy to disclose that farmers that are using the product are experiencing positive results,” said Dr Chirambo.

He further said that one advantage that Wivokil has over other insecticides is that it is produced locally therefore affordable and served fresh to the customers before it overstays on the counter a thing which helps in improving its effectiveness.

Besides helping in maize protection, Wivokil is also effective in beans, soy beans, pigeon peas and cowpeas among others. It controls insects such as large grain borer, grain weevil, red flour beetle, dried bean beetle and lesser grain borer.

The insecticide is in two formulations, Wivokil Super Dust 200g which can be used to treat 8 bags of 50kg each and Wivokil Super EC which is in liquid form.

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