Cooperation to reduce pesticide use
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CTA. 1994. Cooperation to reduce pesticide use. Spore 53. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and Ciba-Geigy Limited, Basle, Switzerland have joined together to initiate and develop sustainable agricultural practices in the tropics. A delegation from Ciba-Geigy headquarters spent several days...
The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and Ciba-Geigy Limited, Basle, Switzerland have joined together to initiate and develop sustainable agricultural practices in the tropics. A delegation from Ciba-Geigy headquarters spent several days meeting with IRRI administrators and scientists. The meeting focused on ecological consequences of insecticide use, pesticide misuse and farmer health, and on Ciba-Geigy's strategies for weed, disease and insect control in rice. The outcome of this initial dialogue was a set of 'Guiding Principles', to facilitate further dialogue, and two proposed workshops: one on pesticide use and human health and the other on the effectiveness of early spraying of insecticides in rice. A recent IRRI study shows that the health costs of use far outweigh the perceived economic benefits of spraying. IRRI and Ciba-Geigy are committed to the use of IPM for the management of rice pests. Researchers state that the widespread adoption of IPM in rice should significantly reduce the use of pesticides, particularly insecticides. The two proposed workshops will review these and related findings and recommend appropriate steps for researchers, governments and the private sector. Robert D Huggan Head, IRRI Information Center PO Box 933 Manila 1099 PHILIPPINES
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