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General News of Saturday, 9 February 2008

Source: GNA

Tasting agro chemicals before usage is unsafe - MOFA

Begoro, Feb. 09, GNA - The Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) in Fanteakwa district has warned farmers to stop the habit of tasting agro chemicals before usage to ascertain its potency. Speaking at the annual performance review meeting of the Ghana Health Service at Begoro on Friday, Mr Philip Ebenezer Azidoku said the practice was not safe and would affect the health of the farmers in future. He asked farmers to solicit the services of agriculture extension officers in the application of agro chemicals to save future lives. Mr. Azidoku said high rainfall pattern last year contributed to high food and vegetable production in the district. He said the high rainfall pattern however affected tomato production, which dropped by 67 percent last year. He asked the public to stop slaughtering animals at their backyards

since the practice may be unwholesome. Mr Azidoku expressed concern at the low level of protein intake from animal sources due to the low record of animals slaughtered at the slaughter house last year. He said poultry intake was now on the ascendancy after the exit of the bird flu and urged the public to consume more poultry. He said 650 beneficiaries were trained last year in Soya beans utilisation while 902 people vaccinated their pets against rabies.

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