Pesticide use in vegetable production: A survey of Vietnamese farmers’ knowledge

https://doi.org/10.17221/69/2017-PPSCitation:Nguyen T.M., Le N.T.T., Havukainen J., Hannaway D.B. (2018): Pesticide use in vegetable production: A survey of Vietnamese farmers’ knowledge. Plant Protect. Sci., 54: 203-214.
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Concerns about inappropriate storage, application rates, and disposal practices of pesticides prompted this case study of Vietnamese farmers’ knowledge, attitudes, and practices. 128 small-scale vegetable growers in Lam Dong Province were included in field surveys, questionnaires, and interviews. Farmers reported inappropriate mixing of pesticides and disposal methods. Many also reported ill-timed applications posing potential hazards to the human health and environment. Improved training and monitoring of pesticide residues on foodstuffs and in agricultural soils and community water supplies are needed to ensure safe farmer practices. Community-based training and education, jointly funded by local, national, and international agricultural production and food safety groups, would be a cost-effective method of minimising pesticide applications and improving food safety.

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