An important part of the tobacco manufacturing process is the curing and airing of tobacco produce. This is often done in tobacco warehouses that cover many areas in Mozambique, particularly in the Beira corridor between Tete and the port city of Beira.
Because of the large concentration of tobacco in these areas there is also a large volume of parasites and insects that feed on the tobacco crops and stores. Tobacco in bundles and packages in warehouses are beacons for the likes of tobacco beetles. Tobacco beetle larva, which often hatch from eggs that have been laid within tobacco stores, can individually destroy whole bundles of tobacco. Other tobacco pests include weevils and aphids which find the sugary tobacco leaves an excellent source of food.
To completely eradicate tobacco stores from these pests requires tobacco warehouse fumigation. Tobacco warehouse fumigation involves covering a warehouse or particular tobacco stores with airtight tarpaulin. By using fumigants like phosphine or methyl bromide the stocks are completely fumigated. Chemicals are then able to enter the blood stream of pests without actually contaminating the tobacco stocks.
The chemicals have excellent pest exterminating properties with very low survival and adaptation on the part of the tobacco beetles, weevils and aphids. After a short period of time the tarpaulin is removed and the stock is allowed to ‘breathe’. The tobacco warehouse fumigation is then considered complete after a short assessment by fumigation experts where it is determined if the infestation is eradicated, or there are no further signs of beetle presence.
It is important that tobacco warehouse fumigation is done by professionals who are experienced in their trade. Expert fumigation is required to assure the warehouse and tobacco owners that the stock is not contaminated by the fumigants, and that the pest threat is eradicated. If you need professional tobacco warehouse fumigation, make sure that you contact Fumigation International Mozambique. (insert contact page link here)