In order to protect crops from pests and diseases, provide food security, and support livelihoods, pesticides have long been a crucial component of modern agriculture. The environment, human health, and the long-term viability of agriculture can all be seriously endangered by the unrestrained and careless use of pesticides.
In this Farmer’s Inside Track episode, Mcgreggor Ntuli, technical support specialist at AECI Plant Health, emphasises the importance of pesticide stewardship and responsible use. He explains why this is so important to them.
One reason includes them being a proud member of CropLife SA, which means that they are aligned with CropLife principles and standards.
“AECI Plant Health is a firm supporter of responsible food production as well as other agricultural suppliers as well. Not only to ensure we have got good supplies now but also to ensure we will still be able to grow mostly required and important foodstuffs.”
He also highlights that AECI Plant Health has a zero-harm approach which ensures that all employees carry out their daily tasks responsibly.
Responsible use as a component of stewardship
Furthermore, Ntuli talks about the difference between stewardship and the responsible use of pesticides, and the results of the work that they have done.
“Up to this point, we have done three regions. The target is to have one training per region so that at the end of the year we can do a review. This will give us an indication of the direction we need to move in 2024. Next year, the plan is to go full-scale with these trainings,” he explains.
In this episode, Ntuli also discusses:
- How AECI Plant Health promotes stewardship;
- Results from the work done within AECI Plant Health; and
- Future work on the subject.
Want to know more? Listen to the full episode of Farmer’s Inside Track.
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