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Training saves costs in China

A study in the Southern Province of China has revealed that well designed and integrated training can improve pesticide application and save costs for local farmers. The survey showed that after training, 61 per cent of farmers had cut their pesticide bills by an average of 17 per cent, and that wasteful disposal of pesticide containers was cut by more than half. Results, taken from 2000 farmers before and after training, also showed that following training farmers sought more advice from extension workers, chose better quality pesticides, and read product labels before application. Undertaken by CropLife in China, together with local private partners and the government, the report concluded that "better timing of applications helped farmers use pesticides more effectively and decreased pesticide residue levels in agricultural products." Based on these findings, the government of Guanghan has invested funds to train more women farmers in the area.

Date published: May 2007


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