Fall army moth repellent LED researched in Sri Lanka by Japan’s Tosslec
ECONOMYNET – Kyoto, Japan based Tosslec Company Ltd is developing an agricultural light at its unit in Sri Lanka to repel the adult of the fall armyworm, a pest that is devastating agriculture in Asia and other regions of the world, an official has said.
The firm is already producing light emitting diodes (LED) that are repelling moths in organic farms.
"We are working closely with State Institutions such as Horticultural Crop Research and Development Institute and Privately owned organic farms," Jitsuo Mikasa, President of Tosslec Co. Ltd was quoted as saying in a statement released by Sri Lanka’s investment promotion agency.
"Already our innovative LED Lamp is being used successfully to repel moths on some organic farms concentrating on fruits and vegetables."
The larvae of the moth, the fallarmyworm is estimated to have destroyed about a quarter of Sri Lanka’s maize crop in this season.
Originally out of Africa it has started to spread in Asia in recent years.
Tosslec’s Sri Lanka unit, Tos Lanka Co. (Pvt) Ltd has been set up in 1995, with Merrick Gooneratne, a Sri Lankan who had studied in Japan.
The firm produces electronic components such as printed circuit boards for Japanese automotive and parts manufacturers including GS Batter, Fuji Denki, Nippon Denso and Toyota.
The firm had been set up shortly after the Tamil Tiger separatists hit Sri Lanka’s central bank, and a recent terror attack by Islamist suicide bombers will not deter the firm Mikasa said.
The firm has set up outsourcing centres in Mawanella and Kegalle which were operating successfully and planned to expand.
"We are now in discussion with a few Entrepreneurs in setting up outsourcecentres in other parts of Sri Lanka’s hinterland," Mikasa said.
However a unit set up in former war-torn Mullativu with a Swiss charity had found that the youth in the area did not want to work in factories, he said.
Toslanka is planning to produce digital set-top boxes if Sri Lanka moves to Japanese digital television standard. (Colombo/June13/2019)