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Title:Incidents of pesticide poisoning in Tanzania
Author:Mwaiseje, Boniface
Periodical:African Environment: Environmental Studies and Regional Planning Bulletin
Geographic term:Tanzania
Abstract:Press reports in Tanzania show that in five years, August 1974 to August 1979, more than eighty people have died and more than two hundred people were hospitalised due to poisoning by either chemical fertilisers or even more so by pesticides. The most common form of taking the pesticides is via porridge meals and local brew, which have become contaminated through neglience, ignorance or even intentional malice. When reports of pesticide poisoning are analysed by administrative regions a certain pattern appears. Incidents of poisoning were more common in areas important for cotton and tobacco farming. These crops require considerable amounts of fertilisers and also pesticides to protect them when in the field and during storage. Ref., tab.