Omani student company develop natural pesticide for animals

MUSCAT: In a breakthrough for animal welfare, a student-led initiative at the University of Technology and Applied Sciences in Musannah, South Al Batinah Governorate, has engineered a solution to combat insect infestations harming animals.

Protex, a student company, has developed a natural pesticide to eradicate fleas and insects that commonly afflict animals.

The innovation addresses a pressing concern in the market, where existing chemical-based solutions pose risks to both animals and the environment. Saeed bin Hamad Al Shafei, Executive Director of Protex, highlighted the team’s dedication to crafting a safe and sustainable alternative to traditional pesticides.

Al Shafei said that the product, which has undergone rigorous testing in internationally accredited laboratories, outperforms its chemical counterparts in effectiveness while ensuring animal safety.

Omar bin Juma Al Jahdhami, a quality control technician at Protex, underscored the meticulous manufacturing process, currently underway at the university’s facilities in Mussanah.

Al Jahdhami noted the imminent issuance of certificates of conformity from regulatory authorities, marking a crucial milestone before the product’s market debut.

Abdul Aziz bin Mahmoud Al Abri, a Protex member, shared insights into the company’s journey, which began with eight students pooling their diverse expertise on 3 October, 2023.

Through extensive research and experimentation, guided by the Research Centre for Animal Production in the Wilayat of Barka, the team achieved their breakthrough. Protex’s efforts have garnered recognition, securing top honours at the South Al Batinah Governorate level of the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI) awards.

Additionally, the company has advanced to the second stage of the prestigious INJAZ Oman competition, underscoring its potential for wider impact. With over 56 sales and purchase agreements already in place for their diverse product range, Protex is poised to revolutionise animal care practices, setting a new standard for efficacy and environmental responsibility in pest control.

This success story not only reflects the spirit of innovation fostered at the University of Technology and Applied Sciences but also exemplifies the potential of young Omani talent to drive meaningful change in diverse sectors.

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