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Cocoa farmers use empty pesticide cans as drinking cups in Ghana

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Cocoa farmers in Ghana
Ghana   The poisonous chemicals in these pesticides could cause death

The poor handling of agro chemicals by some cocoa farmers in Ghana is exposing them to danger and also putting the lives of people and animals in their communities at risk through the pollution of water bodies from which they drink.

The Bono Regional Manager of the Quality Control Company Limited of the Ghana Cocoa Board, Dr Joseph Easmon Sarfo Adu, raised the red flags, warning cocoa farmers to desist from using empty containers of pesticides and insecticides as drinking cups and containers for salt.

“The poisonous chemicals in these pesticides could cause death to humans and animals when they come into contact with food and water through improper disposal; therefore, it is dangerous to use them as household utensils,” he said.

He also asked the farmers and the various spraying gangs not to wash their spraying machines in rivers and ponds after using them since that could pollute such water bodies and kill both human beings and animals who drank from them.

Dr Adu urged members of the association to use their influence in the cocoa-growing areas to educate farmers on the harmful effects of the pesticides and insecticides used to treat diseases affecting cocoa trees.

He stated that since such chemicals were poisonous, they should not be kept together with foodstuffs since any spillover could be harmful to people who consumed such foodstuffs.

Dr Adu advised farmers and the spraying gangs to follow instructions provided on the labels of such chemicals to avoid poisoning themselves.

He also suggested to the cocoa farmers to patronise only insecticides and pesticides which had been approved by COCOBOD since they stood the chance of destroying their farms with chemicals which had not been certified.


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