Volume 7, Issue 6, December 2019, Page: 128-136
Farmer Practices and Risk of Water Contamination by Pesticides Used in Vegetable Cropping in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Sylvain Ilboudo, Institute of Research in Health Science, (IRSS/CNRST), Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso; Joint International Research Unit - Environment, Health and Society (UMI 3189, ESS) CNRST/CNRS/UCAD/UGB/USTTB, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Sountong-Noma Faizatou Sorgho, Institute of Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Development (IGEDD), Joseph KI-ZERBO University, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Paul Windinpsidi Savadogo, Joint International Research Unit - Environment, Health and Society (UMI 3189, ESS) CNRST/CNRS/UCAD/UGB/USTTB, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso; Institute of Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Development (IGEDD), Joseph KI-ZERBO University, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso; Institute of Environment and Agricultural Research (INERA/CNRST), Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Geoffroy Gueswindé Ouedraogo, Institute of Research in Health Science, (IRSS/CNRST), Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Félix dit Bondo Kini, Institute of Research in Health Science, (IRSS/CNRST), Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Sylvin Ouedraogo, Institute of Research in Health Science, (IRSS/CNRST), Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Received: Nov. 14, 2019;       Accepted: Dec. 5, 2019;       Published: Dec. 11, 2019
DOI: 10.11648/j.ijema.20190706.13      View  631      Downloads  167
Vegetables are grown world-wide in almost 200 countries, but they are regularly subject to pest pressure. To cope with the multiple pests, farmers resort to pesticides whose use in developing countries carries health and environmental risks. This study aimed to investigate the practices of vegetable farmers from Ouagadougou when using pesticides, and to examine the potential for contamination of ground and surface water. Based on the use of questionnaires and field observations, this study investigated farmers’ practices on vegetable pest management using pesticides. The physicochemical properties of the active ingredients of pesticide were analysed, and Goss and GUS algorithms were applied to estimate the risk of surface and ground water contamination, respectively. The majority of producers were male (58%), illiterate (80%) and use pesticide in their vegetable crops (97.72%). The products used by the farmers in the study areas were insecticides (28), herbicides (5), fungicides (1), and nematicide (1), altough more than 50% of these pesticides were registered for the treatment of cotton crops but not for vegetables. Depending on the crop, 88% of the farmers applied pesticides up to 5 times or more per cropping season. Among active ingredients from pesticides used by farmers, eight are highly solubles, nine are readily degradables, six are moderately mobiles, and five are imobiles. Five have high potential to contaminate surface water while one has high potential to contaminate ground water. These results can be used for the development of tool to predict water contamination by pesticides in pest management by vegetable farmers. This could contribute to the reinforcement of pesticides policy for advance their health, environmental and economic consequences.
Vegetable, Farmer Practices, Pesticides, Goss Algorythm, GUS Index, Water Contamination
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Sylvain Ilboudo, Sountong-Noma Faizatou Sorgho, Paul Windinpsidi Savadogo, Geoffroy Gueswindé Ouedraogo, Félix dit Bondo Kini, Sylvin Ouedraogo, Farmer Practices and Risk of Water Contamination by Pesticides Used in Vegetable Cropping in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, International Journal of Environmental Monitoring and Analysis. Vol. 7, No. 6, 2019, pp. 128-136. doi: 10.11648/j.ijema.20190706.13
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