A study of pesticide usage and pesticide safety awareness among farmers in Commewijne in Suriname
Wasudha Malgie, Lydia Ori and Henry Ori
Department of Agricultural Production, Faculty of Technology, University of Suriname (AdeKUS), 2Faculty of Social Studies, AdeKUS.
In Suriname, the use of pesticide application is widely used in the production of rice, banana and vegetables. Even though, the pesticide law has not been enforced in Suriname, the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries (LVV) has taken several steps to reduce chemical application, such as the introduction of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) since 2003. Despite these actions between 2003 at present, L.V.V. is still receiving notifications from the Netherlands, which is Suriname’s largest vegetable export market. However, it is important that farmers comply with food safety requirements to protect themselves and the consumers, because the concerns of health impacts are rapidly growing. A survey was conducted with sixty farmers in district Commewijne to investigate how farmers are cultivating their crops and if they are cultivating according to minimum food safety rules. Findings revealed that farmers didn’t cultivate their vegetables in a sustainable matter. Results further indicated that most farmers do not use bio- pesticides, nor did they know what biological control is.
Keywords: Pesticides, food safety, food security.