Fiji Time: 8:03 AM on Tuesday 25 October

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Cabbage threat

Felix Chaudhary
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

CABBAGE consumers in the country are being exposed to high doses of chemical pesticides.

To address the issue, a joint project by the Australian Government and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation is working out a strategy to reduce the amount of chemical pesticides used by farmers to control pests.

According to the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, laboratory analysis showed increased traces of pesticides on vegetables.

Further investigations revealed farmers were spraying more chemical pesticides on a more frequent basis to combat an insect pest that had been infesting cabbage plants.

The revelation came at a pesticide forum attended by growers, pesticide retailers and agriculture officials earlier this month.

Fereti Atumurirava, SPC's integrated pest management officer said the concern was the increasing amount of chemicals being passed onto consumers.

"While spraying two to three times a week enables them to sell the crop, they forget the impact of increased chemical residue on consumers," he said.

"The key issue here is the reduction of pesticide use in vegetable production in order to make vegetables safe for human consumption and to protect the ecosystem.

"This can be done by introducing the insecticide resistant management strategy."

The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research and the FAO is conducting awareness among farmers and introducing options for reducing chemical pesticide usage. The work is being done by SPC on the ground.

Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.65020.6312
JPY 51.786748.7867
GBP 0.39950.3915
EUR 0.44950.4375
NZD 0.68980.6568
AUD 0.64760.6226
USD 0.49350.4765



Exchange Rate updated on 21st October, 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Hunt on for sex assault suspect
  2. Drop in roll
  3. Fiji pearls make history
  4. Villagers fear for safety
  5. Abuse on the streets
  6. Teenager finds body in a creek
  7. Village diving expedition turns tragic
  8. Villagers turn to sea cucumbers for income
  9. Alleged robber charged
  10. Former Fiji national hailed a hero

Top Stories this Week

  1. Former flight attendant invests in farming business Wednesday (19 Oct)
  2. Calls for USP vice chancellor to step down Tuesday (18 Oct)
  3. 'I heard Soko screaming in pain' Friday (21 Oct)
  4. A daughter's sacrifice Thursday (20 Oct)
  5. Dad's cry for justice Tuesday (18 Oct)
  6. 'I never knew Soko' Thursday (20 Oct)
  7. Hero's welcome Wednesday (19 Oct)
  8. 18 workers on the run Tuesday (18 Oct)
  9. Death probe Sunday (23 Oct)
  10. Fijians at heart Wednesday (19 Oct)