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Ministry Tackles Farm Pollution

09 February 2010

CHINA - Farmers in China are to be encouraged to cut back on their use of pesticides and other chemicals as the agriculture sector has been identified as one of the country's most-damaging polluters.

With the Chinese government having just completed the first nationwide study on the various sources of environmental damage, the Agriculture Ministry has stated that steps must be taken to address the issue of pollution in the sector.

In particular, the national study found that total carbon emissions from the sector hit more than 13 million tonnes in 2009, meaning agriculture accounted for 43 per cent of water pollution.

Furthermore, the agriculture industry was also found to be responsible for 57 per cent of China's total nitrogen emissions, with the government ministry revealing that it is to offer stricter advice on what type of fertilisers farmers should use dependent upon their circumstances.

"We must make prevention and control of pollution from agricultural sources our top priority for environmental protection, to resolve the problem of water pollution in China at the root," Zhang Lijun, vice minister for environmental protection, was quoted by AFP as stating.

Meanwhile, the Taiwanese government has been urged to step up its inspection of tea imported through Vietnam following concerns of excessive levels of pesticide.



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