The Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority (ADAFSA) launched a campaign to educate farmers about the best practices for using pesticides safely and controlling pests. The campaign aims at improving crop yields, safeguarding the environment and human, and supporting local produce of vegetables and fruits.
Given the exceptional circumstances and precautionary measures regarding the social distancing, ADAFSA is intensifying its awareness campaign on social media, in addition to sending SMS messages directly to farmers. Moreover, the inspectors of ADAFSA's control sector distribute leaflets in Arabic and English to farm owners and workers, to raise their awareness of ways to handle pesticides safely. This comes within the control sector's constant efforts to implement the best agricultural practices and ensure farmer's compliance with environmental and public health requirements in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
The educational leaflets feature a detailed explanation of the best practices for using, purchasing, choosing and storing pesticides. They include guidelines for handling empty pesticide containers, tips for proper pesticide application, and safety interval after applying pesticides. This aims at ensuring the safety of humans, environment and agricultural produce.
Furthermore, ADAFSA affirmed the proper use of pesticides is an important step towards achieving sustainable agricultural development, preserving natural resources and providing healthy and safe food to the public by ensuring agriculture products' safety throughout the food chain from farm to fork. Besides its importance in the agricultural production, ADAFSA indicated pesticides may pose a significant risk to human health and the environment if used improperly.
ADAFSA noted its control role on using pesticides in agriculture is complementary to awareness-raising efforts aim at ensuring the safe use of pesticides and the safety of workers, soil, the environment and the local produce. The authority emphasized the necessity to educate farm owners and workers constantly, as extension campaigns contribute to raising farmers' awareness of the importance of pesticides and ways for its use on and outside the farm.