Malawi’s Pesticides Control Board (PCB) has admitted that it is unable to meet its standard mandate on controlling pesticides use in this country.
Speaking to the local media a few weeks ago, Acting Director for the Board Misheck Soko said although the board is trying to control the use of pesticides through the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development still the situation is worse.
“We are trying our best to end this malpractice but currently the situation is serious,” said Soko.
A lot of farmers are failing to differentiate originals from fake pesticides and illegal pesticide dealers are taking advantages of it.
PCB has reportedly received complaints from farmers who have been using the fake pesticides bought from some markets.
Some pesticides are dangerous that, instead of making a lot of profits from the crops, farmers have registered painful losses caused by the chemicals.
The Board has since warned farmers to stop buying pesticides from illegal outlets but only from credible markets and shops.