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Agronomist Insists Farmers Must Take Responsibility for Chemical Residues

An Agronomist who doubles as a Consultant for Quinn Organic Company, Mr. Kyeremeh Boah Amponsem is blaming local farmers for incidents of chemical residue.

The development which is leading to incidents of food poisoning is complicating health-related challenges among consumers.

The quality of agricultural products is closely related to pesticide residues. Pesticide residues especially that of highly toxic pesticides, have become important factors and threats to the safety and quality of agricultural products.

The threat of pesticide residues not only depends on the quality and specificity of pesticides, but also on farmers’ awareness of pesticide residues and their behaviour in applying these pesticides.

“Farmers should be blamed for the chemical residue which subsequently leads to food poisoning that complicates the health of consumers including avoidable diseases,” Mr. Amponsem underscored.

The agronomist blamed producers whom he accused of ignoring instructions in the process of their applications.

“Some farmers who are into conventional farming do not follow the instructions on the labels on how to use weedicides, pesticides, insecticides and fungicides leading to food poisoning,” he averred.

Mr. Amponsem who disclosed this in an interview with Captain Adabugar during the ‘Food Safety, Nutrition and Hygiene’ segment of the Rite Morning Ride on Tuesday said farmers ought to be educated on proper chemical application.

“Farmers need serious education on chemical usage as the situation is causing all kinds of cancers, skin diseases, and even deaths,” he maintained.

Pesticide residues have always been an important concern in agricultural safety. Investigating farmers’ awareness of pesticide residues and their behaviours regarding pesticide application is particularly important in order to reduce human factors that negatively affect agricultural safety.

Agricultural safety and the resulting environmental and health problems from pesticide application are increasingly attracting global attention.

Pesticide residues affect the quality of agricultural goods. It plays an irreplaceable role in ensuring the adequate production of foods.

However, a large input of pesticides leads to excessive residues that adversely affect the quality of agricultural goods.

Although the impacts of pesticides on agricultural products vary according to the type of pesticide used, all pesticide residues cause nutrient imbalance and reduction in the quality of agricultural products

Source: Prince Paul Amuzu/www.ritefmonline.org/princeamuzu667@gmail.com

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