Helicoverpa armigera, a fierce threat to cotton cultivation in Africa

On cotton cultivation in West Africa, the Helicoverpa armigera caterpillar represents a fierce threat, which can cause enormous losses if it is not managed effectively. Excessive use of synthetic insecticides, combined with inappropriate agricultural practices, has favored the development of resistance in these pests. Conventional control methods are no longer able to effectively control this caterpillar. 

Faced with this persistent threat, the PR-PICA (Regional Program for Integrated Cotton Production in Africa) was created in 1998. This organization brings together researchers, cotton producers, technical and financial partners from West Africa and the Centre, as well as input suppliers. Its objective is to address the challenges posed by Helicoverpa armigera and to develop integrated production strategies for cotton. In addition, organic cotton sectors are experiencing significant growth in terms of area and production in Africa, supported by the implementation of policies aimed at promoting the sustainability of production systems. Initiatives such as the law on agroecology applied to cotton,


At EV, we are aware of these challenges and we offer an innovative solution: HELITEC SC®. This biocontrol product was specifically developed to target Helicoverpa armigera. Thanks to its unique mode of action based on its biological active substance, HELITEC SC® overcomes the resistance developed by the caterpillar. Its formidable effectiveness, combined with the absence of odor and its use at low doses, make it a promising solution to combat this threat.


We believe that sustainable approaches and biocontrol solutions like HELITEC SC® can help address the challenges posed by Helicoverpa armigera on cotton cultivation in West Africa. By working together, combining scientific expertise and good agricultural practices, we can ensure the sustainability of this vital crop and support farmers in realizing their potential.

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