The University of Agriculture Faisalabad and multinational company Sumitomo are in collaboration to introduce a new product to prevent the rearing of dengue larvae in water.

The product will be mixed in stagnant water like in swimming pools, water tanks, fountains etc and it will eliminate the rearing of dengue larvae for a period of three months.

It was discussed by a delegation of Sumitomo that was led by Karino from Singapore at a meeting with UAF Vice Chancellor Dr Iqrar Ahmad at VC Chamber. The delegation consisted of Dr Serit Munny from Malaysia, Ken Nakanoshi from Japan, Karoni and Ong from Singapore.

UAF experts included Chairman Department of Entomology Dr Jalal Arif, Dr Waseem Akram, Dr Mansoorul Hassan Sahi, Dr Muhammad Arshad, Dr Khurram Zia, Dr Shahid Majeed and others were also present on the occasion.

The foreign experts said that Sumitomo and UAF had joined hands to jointly promote research and development activities for the control of dengue and other mosquitoes. They praised the “tangible” steps being taken by the government, saying that through the steps, the process of controlling dengue will be expedited to make the country free from dengue.

Talking to the participants, the UAF vice chancellor said that the Punjab government was making efforts to control dengue and save the precious lives from the disease. He said that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif was personally looking after the steps being taken to control the virus.

Dr Jalal Arif said that the UAF Entomology Department would provide expertise in the testing of the product at their laboratories. He said that the effect on human health and environment would be examined.