Malawi phases out harmful pesticide
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CTA. 2005. Malawi phases out harmful pesticide. Spore 118. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Malawi is well on target to eliminate methyl bromide by the end of 2005, ahead of the 2015 deadline for developing countries.
Malawi is well on target to eliminate methyl bromide by the end of 2005, ahead of the 2015 deadline for developing countries. If it succeeds, Malawi will be the first in southern Africa to phase out all non-essential use of the pesticide. Methyl bromide is widely used to kill pests that damage tobacco, a key cash crop in Malawi, but it poses serious threats to human health and the environment. A campaign by Malawi s Agricultural Research and Extension Trust (ARET) is using leaflets, newspaper articles, farm visits and training to target farmers; ARET is also promoting use of soil-less culture, since a principal tobacco pest a microscopic nematode lives in soil. Plants are grown in trays that float in plastic ponds, using a mulch made from pine bark. The seeds absorb nutrients from the water, which is supplemented with fertiliser, and use the bark for support. Source: SciDev