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Pesticide overuse causing pollution in China’s Guangdong province

Pesticide usage in China's southern province of Guangdong is said to be some 5.8 times that of "developed countries", according to a government report quoted by the Chinese newspaper, the Southern Daily. The report into the control of environmental pollution in rural areas is said to reveal that pesticide usage in Guangdong province is 40.3 kg/ha. This overuse is polluting the soil, surface and ground water, and air of the province's rural areas.  Rural agriculture in the province produces some 2.4 million tonnes of wastewater every day, of which 63.9% is directly emitted without treatment. The report also states that a "large proportion" of agricultural packaging is directly discarded in the fields, affecting the chemical property of the soil. "Environmental pollution caused by overuse of pesticide and fertiliser in Guangdong … has yet to be met with effective control measures," the report concludes.  Agrochemical production in Guangdong province increased by 31% during the first five months of 2013.

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