Safe pest control
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CTA. 1991. Safe pest control. Spore 32. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Over-use of chemicals has led to plant pest resistance and even to loss of soil fertility. As a result of this widespread misuse of pesticides and agro-chemicals, the Ministry of Agriculture in Ghana, together with the Environment Protection Council and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), are to draw up legislation to enforce a national pesticide policy. This is intended to ensure the safe distribution and use of agro-chemicals and to control the flood of pesticides imports. To achieve high crop yields farmers often rely on chemicals. But many, particularly small farmers, do not know how to use them properly and, because of illiteracy or labels only being printed in English, or through lack of training and supervision, they may be unaware of the dangers to the land and them selves. Many are also ignorant of the dangers that empty containers present and rinse them out in ponds and streams or use them for carrying water. Worse still, village stores often re-pack pesticides in soft drink bottles or unmarked containers leading to cases of poisoning. Spraying of chemicals is often carried out with the sprayer wearing little or no protective gear. And ignorance of application, harvesting and picking intervals has meant that residues are left in crops sold to the public . A further danger is that seed treated for planting has been consumed during food shortages. The new legislation will be accompanied by a public awareness campaign and a training programme for farmers. Ibrahim Adam Deputy Secretary for Agriculture Ministry of Agriculture PO Box M37 Accra, GHANA