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Agro-Chemicals, Productivity and Health in Vietnam

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  • Nguyen Huu Dung


    (Faculty of Economics, Vietnam National University)

  • Tran Chi Thien

    (Faculty of Economics, Vietnam National University)

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    Like many developing countries, Vietnam promotes the use of agro-chemicals (fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides) to boost agricultural production. As many countries have found, however, farmers often misuse these chemicals, applying them excessively or in ineffective ways. The results are damages to the health of farmers, consumers and the ecosystem, and often a reduction of farmers' profits due to the cost of the chemicals. This study found all of these problems in Vietnam and suggests that better information programs for farmers and more vigorous promotion of Integrated Pest Management could be effective in changing farmers' behaviour.

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    Paper provided by Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA) in its series EEPSEA Policy Brief with number pb1999011.

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    Date of creation: Jan 1999
    Date of revision: Jan 1999
    Handle: RePEc:eep:pbrief:pb1999011
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