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Agchem poisoning well down in Venezuela

The amount of accidental poisoning from pesticides has fallen by more than half in Venezuela in the “last few years”, according to the Venezuelan agrochemical industry association, the AFAQUIMA. The quantity of cases is down by 52.7% in the Quibor region in the state of Lara. The number of cases in the region in 2007 amounted to just 65.3% of those in the previous year, it adds. The findings come from an association study and are backed by the region’s hospital patient numbers and in reports from other hospitals in agricultural areas across the country. The AFAQUIMA puts the fall down to improved education in the safe use of pesticides, among other strategies. Its own programme has trained 53,302 people across the country, including 9,641 farmers and pesticide appliers.

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