Pesticides Control Board (PCB) and the Malawi Police Service have embarked on a joint campaign to curb proliferation of fake and illegal pesticides on the market.
Of late, there has been worrisome proliferation of fake and illegal pesticides on the market, according to PCB Chief Pesticides Inspector, Rhodrick Ndawala, the nation-wide campaign has so far led to the confiscation of prohibited pesticides from some markets in the Southern Region.
“Illegal pesticides are dangerous as they, among others, expose people to various health hazards” said Ndawala,
Ndawala added that the surfacing of a large number of agro-dealers is the cause, saying they are the main culprits who have led to the explosion of illegal pesticides in the country.
Station Officer for Bvumbwe Police, Moses Katanda, says curbing the proliferation of illegal pesticides on the market is a tall order.
“I would like to warn those selling these fake or unregistered pesticides that it is a crime that attracts either payment of a fine or time in jail” he added
Pesticides Control Board has so far visited six markets in the Southern Region, namely Limbe, Lunzu, Luchenza, Bvumbwe, Chiradzulu and Zomba.