Jun. 5, 2008
Farmers in Peru have not improved their “responsible use of pesticides”, according to CropLife Latin America’s associate, the Brazilian agrochemical industry association, the ANDEF. It cites a recent study among 160 farmers and found that only 38% inspect their crops before applying products, while just over a third (35%) know how they should store pesticide products. Fewer than one in six can either understand the labelling on products (16%) or know about container triple rinsing (14%). Almost three out of four (74%) wash their clothes after applying pesticides and 64% take a bath.
The results are despite CropLife’s efforts over the past two years. It financed an awareness raising project in the country that started in 2006. The project was led by the Peruvian agrochemical industry association, the PROTEC, and had eventually trained 4,500 people, including farmers, “housewives”, students, rural workers, teachers and health workers. Training is nevertheless key to improving the safe use of pesticides considering the [lack of] information available to farmers on such practice, the PROTEC says.