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Pesticides destroy thousands of flowers grown for Tet

Update: January, 21/2016 - 10:45
A farmer takes care of her yellow daisy farm in Phu Thuong Commune, Phu Vang District, central province of Thua Thien Hue. More than 10,000 yellow daisy pots in the commune have failed to bloom after being sprayed with pesticides. — Photo

THUA THIEN-HUE (VNS) — More than 10,000 yellow daisy pots in Phu Thuong Commune, Phu Vang District, in this central province have failed to bloom after being sprayed with pesticides.

"In November last year, my family sprayed some kind of chemicals, sold in the local market, to kill harmful insects feeding on the daisies. After 10 days, the plants stopped growing, and their leaves became yellow and curled. The flower buds did not develop," Nguyen Huu Tien, the owner of 800 yellow daisy pots, said.

These daisies were planted six months ago to serve Tet (the Lunar New Year) 2016, and they had grown well to a height of one metre before being sprayed with pesticides.

The owner had planned to sell these daisies a week before the coming Lunar New Year, from late January to early February.

However, despite his best efforts, his daisy plants failed to bloom, causing losses of VND80 million (US$3,560).

Like Tien, half of the 1,200 daisy pots belonging to Tran Manh Hung have not bloomed, causing losses of VND60 million ( $2,670).

"There are more than 20 households in the commune planting yellow daisies. More than 10,000 flower pots have not bloomed. The largest amount lost by a single family is 800 pots, while the least is 100 pots," Pham Thanh, Vice President of Phu Thuong Commune's Farmer's Union, said.

According to the residents, Phu Thuong Commune is not the only one affected. Flower growers who used the same pesticides in the La Y, Phu Duong and Vy Da communes in the district are facing the same problem.

The local authorities visited the flower gardens to investigate the case and found that the farmers had mixed the wrong combination of pesticides.

These pesticides appear in the lists of chemicals used for eliminating a kind of insect commonly found in rice. They are licensed by the agriculture ministry and are allowed to be sold on the local market, according to the report submitted by the authorities.

Moreover, many people here said they had used these types of pesticides on their daisies for many years, without any problems.

The case is under investigation. — VNS

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