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Soc Trang onion preservation safe for eyes: Experts

Update: May, 22/2015 - 22:01
The preservation of Soc Trang onion does not cause eye disorders in farmers, officials confirmed. —  VNA/VNS Photo

SOC TRANG (VNS) — Experts from Plan Protection Agency in southern Soc Trang province have confirmed that the preservation of Soc Trang onion does not cause eye disorders in farmers.

The agency issued the statement yesterday in response to recent rumours that farmers engaged in onion preservation process had been suffering from various eye disorders, including blindness, caused by some chemical pesticides used for onion preservation.

Huynh Thanh Binh, director of the Soc Trang Plant Protection Agency, said that every year, the agency holds training for farmers on how to grow onions based on the rules of GAP or good agricultural practices, and they are particularly encouraged to use bio pesticides to secure human health.

The plant protection expert said farmers currently use Mipcin pesticide belonging to the Carbamate group, which uses MICP as an active element or Isocarb, to preserve their products. The substance is safe for health, the expert confirmed.

Binh said a rumour that many farmers had been blinded by the use of chemical pesticides had worried domestic consumers and hindered the efforts to help farmers in preserving their products.

According to a report by the agency, during the 2013-2014 onion crop harvest, it had conducted 29 training courses for 880 farmers on growing onion based on GAP standards. — VNS

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