Pesticides can help limit crop damage caused by pests thus improving profitability for farmers. Many farmers, however, are not clear on their proper use or harmful effects. YWAM is trying to encourage farmers to move towards organic methods of farming but in the mean time we want to help reduce the harm to farmers, consumers and the environment caused by the chemical overuse.

YWAM is trying to encourage farmers to move towards organic methods of farming but in the mean time we want to help reduce the harm to farmers, consumers and the environment caused by the chemical overuse.

A two-day survey of cultivation land and pesticide use in certain areas of Hoai Duc District was carried out by YWAM staff and project Board of Management members. We recognized that most farmers lack knowledge and skill in proper chemical usage. They use too much pesticide, the wrong chemical, spray it at wrong time, and without protective clothing. Also, farming waste is dropped right at the field instead of disposing of it properly or reusing it for fertilizer. Rubbish (like chemical packaging) is also left around cultivation land and in public areas.

To raise awareness, we organized trainings on the effective and safe usage of pesticides for over 290 farmers. Through the experience sharing of YWAM’s consultant, Mr. Vien, a professor at the Agriculture University, attendees were instructed in and had practice with, right methods and techniques to differentiate the correct kind of chemical for each type of plant.

The trainer also encouraged farmers to use organic products that not only protect the environment and consumers, but also their health. Local farmers were able to to ask questions and share with others about their own experiences.

Trainees practiced how to detect pest damage and identify the harmful effects of pesticides.

An important component of the training was learning how to read the instructions on the chemical packaging and then to analyze the information to use the pesticide correctly.

After the training, I know how to use pesticides properly that brings benefits not only for myself but also for all people around me. It also keeps the environment clean! Mr. Tam

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