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Benefits in rural communities

Creates opportunities

Farmers planting riceUsing paraquat for weed control means that labor requirements are greatly reduced and productivity and profitability can be increased. This means on the one hand that people who would otherwise be compelled to find work weeding fields are free to find other opportunities to make best use of their time, and on the other hand, farmers who find difficulty in recruiting labor for handweeding can grow better crops.

Case Study

“Time and tide wait for no man”, so they say. Rice farmers living in coastal areas of South Sumatra, and Central and East Kalimantan in Indonesia know this only too well. Their paddy fields are flooded by river water pushed back up the deltas by each incoming tide. Preparing the land is especially difficult. Not only do weeds grow incredibly vigorously under the swampy conditions, but plowing the land too deeply can result in crop failure. Although the high organic matter topsoil is fertile, below lies a yellow layer of toxic iron pyrite. This is phytotoxic to the rice if disturbed.

Stimulates the economy

In developing countries, increased agricultural productivity creates more income, which in turn propagates throughout the economy, creating secondary benefits to the social structure.

Case Study

Paraquat’s economic benefits to farmers and national trade balances have been quantified in a paper published in the journal Outlooks on Pest Management.

Results collated from farm-scale field experiments and surveys in China, the Philippines and Vietnam present strong evidence that using paraquat contributes to significant increases in the annual incomes of smallholder farmers worth up to $1000/ha each year.

Replaces handweeding – improves health and education

Handweeding one hectare of maize can take around 250 hours of work. Often it is women and children who spend time away from their families stooping for many hours a day pulling weeds. This can lead to permanent back deformities. The same field can be sprayed in as little as two hours.

Case Study

Indonesian farmers rely on paraquat to increase efficiency and productivity, generating more income and more time for their families. This has been confirmed by recent surveys carried out in two important agricultural districts of Indonesia.