FARMERS AND HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES
- 15 Nov
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Farmers are an important stakeholder in environmental management. Their work on the farm has direct and indirect impacts on the environment. Farmers are encouraged to ensure sustainability of their operations so as to enjoy the full benefits of environmental resources. Failure to protect the environment will result in decreased yields over time.
The use of organic and biological controls for pests, herbs and plant growth enhancement is the most ideal, in the interest of preserving the environment especially pollution prevention. However, where chemicals should be used, precaution should be taken to ensure human safety as well as a clean environment. Most of the chemicals that are used on farms; pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers, among others, are classified as hazardous substances.
The following Dos and Don’ts are necessary when handling such substances on the farm:
1. Use appropriate protective clothing to be safe from the harmful effects of hazardous substances.
2. Know your pest(s) and consider alternatives before you treat with pesticides
3. Read the label carefully before you purchase the pesticide
4. Choose the form of pesticide best suited to your target site and the pest you want to control
5. Transport pesticides securely stowed in a labelled car trunk, in the back of a truck away from passengers, food stuffs and animal feed.