94.2% of women farmers use synthetic chemical pesticides, expert says – The Sun Nigeria

From Charity Nwakaudu, Abuja

Environmental expert Amos Ishaya said as many as 94.2% of women farmers use synthetic chemical pesticides to manage pest problems on their farms without knowing their health implications.

Ishaya, in Abuja, at a press conference yesterday organized by the Smallholder Women Farmers Organization in Nigeria (SWOFON), said it was based on a survey carried out in four north-central states; Benue Nasarawa, Pleatue and Abuja.

He lamented that most pesticides banned by the federal government are still circulating with dealers.

“94.2% of female farmers surveyed use synthetic chemical pesticides to manage pest problems on their farms, while 5.87% do not use any synthetic chemical pesticides to control pests.

73.8% in addition to using synthetic chemical pesticides, use biological pest control methods.

More than 85% of smallholder women farmers surveyed do not use any personal protective equipment (PPE) such as face masks, gloves, boots, eye protection goggles or respirator mask. no small-scale farmer can afford PPE. In most cases, PPE is not even available as claimed by agro-dealers and pesticide producers.

The results of the survey of female farmers interviewed show that more than 80% of the pesticide products and their active ingredients used belong to the category of highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs) and in many cases have lost their approval in the countries. and regions with high safety standards. Such as the European Union (EU).

About 75% of female farmers surveyed who use chemical pesticides experienced health problems that they attributed to pesticide use. Symptoms like difficulty breathing, dizziness, headache, nausea, vomiting, eye problems, rash, catarrh, diarrhea, and breathing problems were among the most common adverse effects reported.