Poverty and Education: Impact on the Pesticides Usage and Health of Vegetable Farmer

Mohammad, Chozin and Sigit, Sudjatmiko and Zainal, Muktamar and Fahrurrozi, Fahrurrozi and Nanik, Setyowati (2015) Poverty and Education: Impact on the Pesticides Usage and Health of Vegetable Farmer. In: The 6th International Seminar of RENPER, 13-15 November 2015, India.

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ABSTRACT In central agriculture area of Bengkulu province of Indonesia, it is commonly noticeable that farmers are less educated and poor. Many of them are subsistence producers, family farmers or landless agricultural warkers. Less education and poverty could bring about the ignorance in using poisonous stuffs handling. Study was conducted in Selupu Rejang District, Rejang Lebong, Bengkulu, Indonesia on the effect of poverty and education on the use of pesticides and farmer’ health. One hundred selected vegetable farmers of low income and less education were evaluated their way of pesticide handling in the field and their health. Result showed that the pesticide handling and health were related to the poverty and less education. There was a common practice among the farmers of carelessly in handling pesticides. Closed to 90% of farmers were exposed to pesticides due to rarely used protective cloth, such as glasses, masker and gloves. Evaluation on the farmers’ health indicated that more than 50% of the respondents show health symptoms such as feel tired, muscle crumps, dry throat, shortness of breath, and dizzy. Blood test also confirmed that some farmers gave signal of internal organ deterioration, especially on heart and kidney. This study suggests that poverty alleviation and an improvement on education could be a priority measure to reduce the risk of lost farmer generation. Keywords: farmer, poverty, pesticide handling, health

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Agriculture > Department of Agroecotechnology
Depositing User: Mr. Mohamad Chozin
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2019 07:30
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2019 07:30
URI: http://repository.unib.ac.id/id/eprint/20370

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