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Saturday, 19 December 2015 12:58

FMT Reporters | December 18, 2015

Regional advocacy group claims authorities have failed to detect the source of contamination.

PETALING JAYA: Unsuspecting residents are still consuming pesticide-laden produce from Cameron Highlands as banned pesticides are still being used at will in the area.

In a report by The Rakyat Post, Sarojini V Rengam, executive director of Pesticide Action Network Asia and Pacific (Panap) said that earlier this year, banned pesticides were found in streams and tap water in Cameron Highlands.

 

Sarojini said since then, the Pesticides Board had conducted investigations there in March and April, and as far as Panap was aware, the authorities were unable to trace the source of the banned pesticides as traders there were careful to sell only to people they knew.

 

 

She said the pesticides were known to have an adverse impact on the health of humans and the environment, adding they have been noted for causing birth defects, nerve damage, cancer and others.

“We are trying to educate farmers that instead of throwing everything at the bugs to protect their crops, they can apply agro-ecology, which are principles and strategies for designing sustainable farming systems,” she said in an interview with the portal.

 

Source: Free Malaysia Today

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 December 2015 13:05