January 21, 2018

On the 7th of October 2016, the Center for Social Research and Development (CSRD) organized a workshop on “Raising Awareness and Actions in Response of Agrichemical Pollution in Quang Tri Province – Report on Field Survey” with the support of Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Southeast Asia (RLS SEA) in Dong Ha, Quang Tri province.

Inviting different stake holders related to the issue, from government officials in all levels, experts as well as to affected people, the workshop had created an opportunity for direct dialogues, exchange and discussions.

As according to the officials, the most prominent problem is the large amount of illegal sellings of pesticides with unclear origins. The pesticide sellers only receive an insufficient training period of 3 months about agrichemicals and sometimes they even sell fake pesticides to increase their income. On the other hand, the farmers also prefer to buy the fake pesticides, since it is cheaper and more effective than the real products but they do not take the safety of chemicals into account.

Mr Truong Phuc Kien from Quang Tri Department of Plant Protection addressed to the workshop that only 20% of pesticides go to the plant but 80% go to the environment which include water, air, soil and land. Besides, he also pointed out the relations between climate change and pesticides.

Due to the fact that there still persist pesticide warehouses from the subsidy period, the officials informed that in Quang Tri province it is expected to allocate a few billion Dong to the detected ones for closing until 2025.

In the end, the research team of CSRD reported about their results of the field surveys in which they mapped warehouses in Quang Tri province and subsequently asked the participants to give their initial feedback on the map. The mapping software of the research team includes criteria and features of each warehouse including: location, status, current situation, process and photos. The research team hopes that this very first mapping software in Vietnam will help the relevant stake holders, especially the policy makers, to address the issue more effectively in the future.

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