Cotton is affectionately known as “white gold” among Zimbabwean farmers due to its high potential to generate household income and foreign currency for the economy. It is one of the most profitable field crops that is fairly drought tolerant and can be widely grown across diverse environments including low rainfall marginal areas.
For the 2015/2016 season, cotton has generated more than $800 million forthe Zimbabwean economy. However, in recent years, there was a decline in cotton production due to market volatility and side marketing, lack of traction and input funding support by cotton ginners and traders. Cotton is prone to attack by both sucking and chewing pests that have a huge impact on yield, quality and profitability, hence we welcome the news that Bayer has launched a new insecticide called Tihan in Zimbabwe.
Through sophisticated formulation, Bayer developed Tihan OD 175 insecticide that combines two modes of action. The benefits of the dual action include low cost of effective spraying and targeting both aphids and boll worms to increase yield and quality. These active ingredients are Flubendiamide and Spirotetramat that specifically target problem species without endangering vital beneficial insects such as bees. Tihan, a systemic insecticide, gives better and quicker protection from cotton plant tissue damage. This is so, because the fast-acting formulation affects the neuro-receptors of the insects and causes immediate cessation of feeding.
Another advantage of the Tihan OD 175 insecticide is that it is systemic and flexible in application; controls key adult and immature sucking pests; has lasting residual effect which enables it to protect new shoots; and also kills the larvae of boll worms effectively.
“If the farmer acts early in the season, by frequent scouting to detect the onset of pest infestation, he can save money on labour and reduce cotton boll drop, thereby increasing his yield and getting a good return on his investment,”explains Farai Munyanyi, Territory Manager for Bayer in Zimbabwe.
The application rate is 200 ml per hectare with the first application between 35 and 45 days after sprouting. Farmers should wait at least 7 days between applications, and it is not recommended to spray the cotton more than three times in one season. The last application should be done at least 21 days before harvesting, since the PHI is 21 days.
The product will be on the shelves in Zimbabwe before the cotton planting season starts in October this year. It will be available at the usual Bayer outlets throughout Zimbabwe. The cotton farmers of Zimbabwe are mainly small-scale farmers who work less than 10 hectares. For this reason, Bayer has conveniently packaged Tihan OD 175 in 500 ml bottles as well as 1 litre bottles. This ensures that the farmer only needs to buy Tihan OD 175 once per season and have enough to last for multiple applications, depending on the size of his cotton field.
Due to the fact that cotton is an export crop, the foreign currency generated has a positive impact on the Zimbabwean economy and cotton farmers are encouraged to use this product. The aim of this product is to eliminate any obstacles that farmers might have in producing high yielding cotton.
The farmer’s responsibility is to use the product as directed by the product label. Great care goes into creating these guidelines for the farmers and they should not deviate from the instructions. The instructions on the label are not only intended to minimise the risk to the environment, but also to ensure the safety of the farmer while using this product.
For more information on this and other Bayer products available in Zimbabwe, farmers may contact Farai Munyanyi on +263-77-213-1228 or send him an e-mail to email@example.com. Farmers can also visit www.cropscience.bayer.co.za, or www.bayer.co.za.