Organic Farmers In Laos Learning To Use Chemicals Safely

The developed world is facing a dilemma for many years because of the battle between organic farming and using chemicals in farming. The same problem is now plaguing the developing nations such as those located in the region of Southeast Asia. There is no denying that pest control in Sydney favours chemicals because they are using them for their trades but there are also those who believe that organic methods should be used when handling crops that we consume.

According to researchers in Australia, they are assisting farmers from the south of Laos as they try to use pesticide for the very first time. For small time farmers, their primary crop is rice and it is also the backbone of the economy of the entire region. The town of Savvanakhet is home to many farmers who are wishing to have a better life therefore their solution is to increase the amount of fruits and vegetables that they are producing.

The problem is that they are under the legacy program of the NGOs which encouraged farmers to use organic agriculture but the rise of new diseases are also negatively impacting the income of the landholders.

According to one farmer, Mr. Geng, he has seen how diseases such as curly leaf virus reduced to waste about 90 percent of the watermelon produce within his village in the last few years. Mr. Geng admitted that they are planting vegetables along with rice and they are currently having problems with pests especially insects. As of the moment, they have no idea how to solve the issue.

An honorary professor, Lester Burgess who is working at the University of Sydney, said that the farmers are mainly taught to hate pesticide but because of the new pathogens that are damaging the crops of the local farmers, the Department of Agriculture has given them the green light to use pesticide. They are currently teaching local farmers how to use pesticide and how to use them safely.

There are still some issues and debates regarding the matter because of international companies who are pushing for organic farming as a condition for their continued funding. The workers of companies doing pest control in Sydney understand the dilemma and hopes that a solution favourable to both side will be reached soon.