In Burkina Faso, it is the agricultural season. The country is facing a series of attacks by legionary caterpillars and grain-eating birds. Several hectares of crops have already been destroyed. Pesticides used by farmers no longer appear to be effective. In order to deal with the situation, the Ministry of Agriculture undertook a control operation for pesticides sold on the markets. Several tons of products have already been seized.
The farmers in the capital, or farmers in rural areas, use pesticides and herbicides whose quality or composition they are unaware of.
“To deal with this, we need a complete equipment,” explains Boniface Tiendrebeogo, a farmer in Ouagadougou. I’ve seen the consequences, I do not want to touch that anymore. It’s dangerous. Once, I dealt with this, I suspected there was something, I did not feel well. And I stopped. “Hence this operation of pesticide quality control in four regions of the country. As a result, about 70% of the phytosanitary products sold to farmers are not allowed in Burkina Faso. More than fifteen tons of products were seized, and the operation continues.
“Beyond this quantity,” says Moussa Ouattara, director of plant protection and packaging, the expert in sanitary and phytosanitary safety, it is the very act of making these controls that are really important. Until proven otherwise, the operators, the actors, sold these products without checks, without fear. But, from now on, they now know that they will have authority in front of them. Nowadays in the countryside, they use all products for all the visitors, which is very dangerous because not only will they not be able to destroy what they use the product but this can still develop resistance.”
The Ministry of Agriculture will begin in the coming days a campaign to raise awareness and present products approved in Burkina Faso in order to combat poor quality pesticides.