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Mali area drops agchem use 90%

Agricultural schools set in the countryside in regions of sub-Saharan Africa are leading to over 90% cuts in pesticide use, a UN FAO study published by the UK Royal Society reports. The study centred on two regions in Mali: Bla, where the FAO set up a school in 2003, and Bougouni. Despite only a third (34%) of cotton growers participating in alternative pest control training programmes, total pesticide usage had plummeted by around 92% over eight years in the Bla region. Furthermore, the report claims that yields did not suffer as a consequence.

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