USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub, in conjunction with two of its Strategic Partnership Grantees, organized two trainings during the week of August 10, 2015 in Malawi on the Safe Use of Pesticides for smallholder farmers and warehouse staff.
Trainings were held in Salima for Peacock Seed Company and in Lilongwe for NASFAM to educate farmers and workers on the safe use of pesticides and ensure proper safeguards for themselves, their families, and the environment. The training covered all stages of potential pesticide exposure including buying, transporting, storage, measuring and mixing, application/fumigation, disposal, and first aid in case of poisoning. The farmers readily saw the benefits of the training and pledged to disseminate the information widely in their communities.
Photo: One of the farmers demonstrating proper use of a respirator