Provivi® receives regulatory approval for Pherogen ™ SPOFR in Kenya

Corn field in Kenya

Farmers walking in tall corn in a corn field in Kenya

Farmers in the Kenyan corn field

Damaged corn on the cob from Fall Armyworm

Damaged corn on the cob

The Pherogen ™ SPOFR, pheromone dispenser, offers a preventive, effective and safe technology to control the fallworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) in Kenya

With the introduction of the Pherogen SPOFR solution, farmers in Kenya now have a tool to rethink protecting their crops from harmful insect pest populations. “

– Mr. Andres Laignelet, Global Head, Corn Projects

SANTA MONICA, CA, UNITED STATES, Feb. 1, 2021 / – Provivi® Inc (“Provivi”), an emerging crop protection company that uses pheromones to protect plants from large noxious insects, proudly announces regulatory approval from ” PherogenTM “known as SPOFR” in Kenya. The Kenyan Pest Control Products Board (PCPB) approval is for the control of the autumn worm (Spodoptera frugiperda) in maize.

The Armyworm case has established itself as a seriously harmful pest for maize plants in Kenya. Current tools to control this pest are often costly and poorly effective, while posing health risks to users and farmers.

“For Provivi, farmers are the cornerstone of our organization. We are grateful and delighted to be able to offer farmers a preventative, sustainable and non-toxic solution to Armyworm – improving their corn plants, their business and their livelihood,” said Andres Laignelet, Global Head, corn projects at Provivi.

PherogenTM SPOFR is a pheromone-based dispenser that will change the way farmers in Kenya deal with the autumn worm problem. Early harvest application provides seasonal control by breaking mating of the pest and preventing harmful populations from forming.

“With the introduction of the PherogenTM SPOFR solution, farmers in Kenya now have a tool to rethink protecting their crops from harmful insect pest populations. As a natural compound with no risk of resistance, it provides an effective and safe basis for Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Autumn worms in corn. “Mr. Laignelet added.

“This registration marks the beginning of a new era of effective, affordable and environmentally friendly protection against the Fall Army worm for farmers not only in Kenya but in several other countries around the world where we are currently developing and registering the product.” Said Mr. Juan Manuel Lombana, VP Global Business at Provivi.

About Provivi

We are a pioneering science-based company developing scalable and safer insect control technologies that improve the quality of life for all people and our world.

Provivi is developing a family of safe, effective and economical pheromone solutions, creating a new basis for pest and resistance management in plant production. Pheromones are substances that act as highly selective attractants for insects, making it possible to control harmful pests while maintaining beneficial insects. Provivi’s patented production method enables a gradual change in the cost of manufacturing pheromones and enables this proven tool to be used in large-scale crops such as corn, rice and soy.

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