According to NEA, the release of these mosquitoes will dramatically help in the gradual reduction of the Aedes aegypti mosquito population, and this will result in lower cases of dengue. The new facility is three times larger than the last facility and is equipped with new technologies that will enable increased production capacity and productivity. It also comes with a male-female pupae sorter, a machine which was developed by the NEA, with the help of local start-up Orinno Technology.
The said sorter will increase the efficiency of the facility 10 to 20 times quicker than the last method used to separate the types of larvae and pupae. It uses water-flow control, lighting, and a dedicated sieve to give accuracy in the separation process. The facility even comes with pupae and larvae counters.
The NEA has also been working hand in hand with the Joint Food and Agricultural Organisation or FAO of the United Nations, as well as the International Atomic Energy Agency or IAEA, to add low-dose X-ray radiation in the process.
The step is expected to cause Wolbachia-Aedes mosquitoes which are inadvertently released to become infertile. This way, the facility is sure that there will be no build-up of the mosquitoes which can affect the positive changes brought about by the project.