Tanzania: local company pioneers in biological control agents

A Tanzanian company has pioneered the production and export of biological control agents, aiming to offer a ray of hope to growers and consumers. The company behind the control agents is Multiflower Limited, based in Arusha, with a capacity of producing 1200 liters of biocontrol agents per day or 6000 liters per week.

The company's CEO, Dr. Jacqueline Mkindi, said: "We are very proud of Multiflower for being a leading company to manufacture the biocontrol agents for local consumption and exports market. This will enable Tanzania to get a slice in the global organic food market." 

The Managing Director of Multiflower, Mr. Tjerk Scheltema, said the biocontrol agents are supplied to local flower farms and the surplus is exported to Holland, flying Tanzania's profile high in terms of innovation.

The biological control agents include Predator mites such as Phytoseiulus persimillis, Amblyseius swirkii, Amblyseius montdorensis, Neoseilus californicus, and Stratiolaelaps scimitus.

"I'm very grateful to enable Tanzania for the first time to export biological control agents to international markets," Mr. Scheltema explained.

Read the complete article at www.dailynews.co.tz/.


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