Mandalay farmers lack pesticide safety knowledge

Most farmers in Mandalay Region do not know how to safely use pesticides and are unaware of the health and environmental dangers they pose, according to a
study by a private research group.U Than Myat Soe, chief executive officer of the Kanaung Institute, said that although most farmers in the region use pesticides, most know little about them.The study, conducted in cooperation with the Mandalay Hluttaw Library and Research Institute, interviewed people in 449 townships in 23 townships across Mandalay, he said.

Although pesticides are widely used to prevent pests and increase production, they are not used correctly, the study said.
U Than Myat Soe said that farmers do not know how to use the chemicals, such as when is the last time they can apply pesticides before harvesting a crop.
He added that farmers also know little about safely disposing of leftover pesticides and empty pesticide containers and about the hazards they pose.

Also, most farmers use pesticides that have instructions written in Chinese or Thai, which they do not understand. Worse, some pesticides have no brand names.
Despite their limited knowledge, most farmers do not ask for help from township agriculture officials.
The study underscored the need to review current agricultural laws in order to protect and promote the welfare of farmers.
In Mandalay, more than 65 percent of farmers grow rice on 1.34 million acres. – Translated

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Source : Myanmar Times

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