Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) has organized the first among a series of meetings aimed at educating farm workers on the safe methods of spraying pesticides. This is part of the efforts of the Authority's Agricultural Affairs sector to facilitate the implementation of Good Agricultural Practices.
Mohamed Jalal Al Reyaysa, Director of Communication and Community Service at ADFCA, said the measure was aimed at preventing the harmful effects of pesticide use on farm workers, the environment and eventually the consumers. "The meetings are meant to provide a comprehensive understanding of the use of pesticides. The workers are expected to approach the Farmers' Services Centre if they notice any specific problems caused by pests. Avoidance of random spraying, observance of the safe period between spraying and harvesting, right use of the spraying tools and the documentation of pesticide use are important aspects," he pointed out.
Al Reyaysa pointed out that pesticides were among the principal inputs in farming. "But in view of the harmful effects resulting from inappropriate usage, we decided to educate the workers in an intensive manner. ADFCA executes a number of programs to inculcate good agricultural practices. Two of them aim at controlling and limiting the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers. These programs take into account the climatic and natural conditions of the country and aim to strengthen food security through those crops that are best suited for the country.