Nyaungshwe, September 14 – the handing out of a 400 replete sets of protective gear against pesticides to six hillside villages in southern Shan State’s Nyaungshwe Township, through financial assistance from the Nepal-based International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and USAID, will be completed by the end of this September, Myitmakha News Agency has been told.
The Myanmar Institute for Integrated Development (MIID) is reportedly the body responsible for distributing out the protective clothing.
“Thai agricultural experts have instructed how to spray pesticides, and we’re tasked with providing the necessary protective gear. All the gear has already been purchased. We not providing shoes anymore, though, since every household has them. We’ve distributed out the gear to about 170 households so far, with the rest to be given out during the coming week,” said U Soe Naing Htay, a staff of MIID based in Nyaungshwe Township.
Households from three project villages were handed out sets of gloves, breathing masks and glasses, to protect them from the adverse effects of handling and spraying pesticides on plants and trees, with the remaining three villages to receive the gear during the third week of this month.
Agricultural experts from neighboring Thailand reportedly visited the six villages between September 6-8 to teach the villagers about how to use pesticides and the dangers they can have upon one’s health.
The villages are comprised of a total of 400 households, and solely rely on rain water for drinking, washing and agricultural activities. The vegetables of cabbages, cauliflowers, butter beans, bananas and bamboo are the types of crops traditionally grown in the region.