Plant Biodefenders

Plant Biodefenders Limited with Reg. No.138675904 is a private company registered in Tanzania since 2019. The company manufactures an innovative biopesticide, named VURUGA BIOCIDE that fights the highly destructive and invasive fall armyworm, a pest that threatens crop yields in Tanzania, impacting livelihoods and food security.

The bio pesticide is made by isolating the Aspergillus oryzae fungus and injecting it into fall armyworm larvae. Vuruga Biocide is a novel registered product with registration number BCA/IN.0005 under Plant Biodefenders for control of Spodoptera Frugiperda (fall armyworm) and Tuta absoluta in Tanzania.

The research that led to the development of Vuruga Biocide was led by Plant Biodenfenders founder Dr. Never Zekeya at the Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology. With the support of the United Nations‘ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Dr. Never was able to conduct several trials in different regions in Tanzania and to complete all regulatory processes to obtain the required certifications as a biological control product. According to trial-based data, Vuruga Biopesticide is highly effective, eliminating 80-100% of pests. It is patented nationally and on the African continent.

Our commitment to healthy living is a cornerstone of our corporate ethos. By producing biopesticides using organic components, and other products that can be used by humans like herbal tea, we prioritize the well-being of consumers and communities alike.

We process and trade herbal tea and remedies for improving human health. Our herbal tea are made from; lemon grass, lemon verbena, hibiscus, rosemary, ginger, moringa, lavender, wingled bersama, African basil and more.


To embrace Science led innovations through Commercialization, Marketing, Training, Partnership and Entrepreneurship


To harness local bio-innovations for sustainable agriculture, humans’ wellbeing and ensuring Biodiversity Conservation

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