Pesticide exposure: a growing problem for Nepal's farmers
Vegetable farming is an important income generating activity in parts of rural Nepal. However, vegetable farming is pesticide intensive and pesticide exposure is beginning to emerge as a problem. A SANDEE study examines the impacts of pesticide use on vegetable farmers in the mid-hills area of Nepal, some 40km east of Kathmandu. The study finds that farmers and their families face medical bills and other costs as they attempt to deal with the problem of pesticide exposure. Farmers spray their vegetables approximately two times per month.