New 'Green' Exosect Technology Provides Environmentally Friendly Control Of Stem Borer And Maximises Yield For Rice Growers In India

12th May 2009

Launch of New Product which Matches Efficacy of Traditional Farmer Practise with Greater Economic and Environmental Benefits

Exosect, a leading provider of intelligent pest management solutions and Pest Control India, a pioneer in promoting ecofriendly technologies in Agricultural crop protection, have announced the launch in India of Exosex YSBTab, 'Auto-Confusion'TM product to combat the damaging effects of the yellow stem borer of rice.

The yellow stem borer, Scirpophaga incertulas is a serious pest of rice throughout  Southeast and East Asia, China, the Indian continent, and Afghanistan. It attacks rice throughout its growth period causing potentially large reductions in yield.

Current control methods rely heavily on the use of pesticides, often applied by hand, which may be detrimental to the operator, water supplies, beneficial wild life and the environment in general. In addition consumers are increasingly demanding food that is totally free of pesticide residues. 

Rice exporters, supermarket buyers and government advisers attended a launch conference in Delhi on May 1st where Dr Alan Cork, Professor of Bio-rational Pest Management at the University of Greenwich, United Kingdom, described the development of the “Auto-Confusion”TM technology including the potential for use in a number of crops including rice and sugar cane.

Professor Cork stated 'Auto-Confusion offers farmers, for the first time, an exciting non-toxic, biodegradable and practical alternative to conventional rice stem borer control; in my experience ideal for use in basmati export production'.

Rice exporters, supermarket buyers and government advisers attended a launch conference in Delhi on May 1st where Dr Alan Cork, Professor of Bio-rational Pest Management at the University of Greenwich, United Kingdom, described the development of the “Auto-Confusion”TM technology including the potential for use in a number of crops including rice and sugar cane.

Professor Cork stated 'Auto-Confusion offers farmers, for the first time, an exciting non-toxic, biodegradable and practical alternative to conventional rice stem borer control; in my experience ideal for use in basmati export production'.

Dr Seema Wahab, Advisor Department of Biotechnology at the Ministry of Science and Technology stated in her Presidential address "It should be no longer acceptable that uneducated farm workers handle toxic pesticides without ptotective clothing, placing their own health and that of their families and other villagers at risk or contaminate paddy fields and ground water with pesticides". She added "It is hoped that this 'Auto-Confusion' programme will be actively supported by Government agencies and NGO's".

Dr T P Rajendran, Assistan Director General (Plant Protection) Indian Council of Agricultural Research stated in the key note speech "The technique of 'Auto-Confusion' in addition to having the beneficial features of reduction of pesticide sprays, being pest specific and fully compatible with Integrated Crop Management (ICM) programmes also has the advantage that fewer dispensers are required, the contaminated males themselves become 'point sources' requiring reduced labour and lower pheromone doses".

Richard Dyason, Sales and Marketing Manager for Exosect stated “Using the new Exosect technology, rice producers will benefit from protection against stem borers, assisting them to maximise yields. With Exosex YSBTab no application equipment is required and access to clean water is not necessary, making the technology highly beneficial for rice producers with poor access to natural resources.”

About PCI (www.pcil.in)

Pest Control India Pvt. Ltd., PCI was established in the year 1954 and is the first and largest pest management company in India. PCI offers a comprehensive range of Professional Pest Management Services and Quality Products and Equipment through a countrywide network of over 150 offices and a dedicated workforce of over 3,500 personnel.

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New 'Green' Exosect Technology Provides Environmentally Friendly Control Of Stem Borer And Maximises Yield For Rice Growers In India