Cambridge-Africa

Unregulated and Fake Agricultural Products Harming Farmers and Agricultural Productivity

28 February 2019

An article in the Journal Food security reported on farm surveys of 1965 farmers across 20 countries which collected data on rice yields, farmer’s weed management practices, herbicide use, frequencies of interventions and information sources regarding herbicides. The article concludes from the surveys that 62% percent of the herbicides sold at rural agro-chemical supply markets are unauthorised. As well as a reduced ability to protect against production losses, these unauthorised herbicides  impact  crop, environment and human health and  counteract efforts to increase food security. This is in addition to the problems caused by fake agricultural products. Read more

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