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Pesticide market lacks thorough supervision

Update: January, 10/2015 - 09:12
Viet Nam currently has more than 20,000 pesticide dealers. — Photo ndh
HA NOI (VNS)  — Many pesticides currently sold are fake or smuggled, as the granting of licences to pesticide dealers has not been properly supervised, Plant Protection Department head Nguyen Xuan Hong said at a recent conference.

"Many dealers spent only one week studying to get a licence to sell pesticides," Hong said. "Those dealers did not care about the quality of the products, but only profits."

Viet Nam currently has more than 20,000 pesticide dealers, according to Viet Nam Pesticide Association chairman Tran Quang Hung.

"Even worse is that the dealers have the most direct impact on farmers' decisions to buy pesticides. About 70 per cent of farmers listen to the dealers' suggestions," Hung said.

Nguyen Thi Cuong, a farmer in the central province of Nghe An's Yen Thanh District, complained about the ineffective pesticides that she bought from dealers for years.

"The market now has so many brands and it confuses me. I just buy any pesticide that the dealers suggest," Cuong said.

Seven per cent of pesticide samples sold in Viet Nam were substandard and illegal pesticides from nearly 3,000 pesticide manufacturers and dealers were confiscated and destroyed last year, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Pesticide Association chairman Hung added that Viet Nam was still building its "pesticide dealer industry" as almost 100 per cent of chemicals and 90 per cent of additives used in pesticide manufacturing were dependent on imports.

"A Government support policy is essential to develop the network of pesticide manufacturers in Viet Nam," Hung said. — VNS

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