Pesticide poisoning common among farmers, study finds

Posted by Trish Riley, February 2, 2011

PHNOM PENH — In 2001, Cambodia introduced a law requiring that all pesticides carry labels in Khmer, the local language.

The logic was simple enough: All pesticides were imported and very few farmers could read the instructions. That posed a significant public health risk.

But 10 years on the law is widely ignored, says agronomist and pesticides expert Keam Makarady: Just 30 of more than 800 pesticides carry instructions in Khmer.

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