Efficiency Improvement for the Supervision of Agrochemical Shop to Reduce Pesticide Residue Problem in Agricultural CommoditiesTangtong, C., Khongnil, P., Panyakit, I., Arayakittipong, P., Chanbuey, K., Sittiwitchaporn, S., Rudeecharoensakun, S. and Arphorn, S.
Prawarun Agr. J.,14(2): 199-207.
The objective of this study aim to improve the efficiency for the supervisions of the agrochemical (pesticides) shops and reduce a pesticide residue problem in agricultural commodities. The analyzed data was collected from existing documents and stakeholder interview. The target population of stakeholder were selected by using selective sampling including, Government officers from the Office of Agricultural Regulatory and a few agency under the Department of Agriculture, 49 sellers in agrochemical shops from 9 provinces (as a representatives of Thailand namely, Ayudhaya, Suphanburi, Kanchanaburi, Ratchaburi, Srisaket, Chiang Mai, Chanthaburi, Krabi and Nan), agrochemical producers, farmers, NGOs as well as the officers from the local governments at foresaid provinces. Also, the training program for agrochemical vendors was evaluated. The results of the study were concluded as guidelines for the supervisions of the agrochemical shops that the agrochemical shop should have a qualified person, who must be able to work at the shop regularly, giving the suggestion on chemical utilization and have education background related to plant protection or production, the compulsory education level should be defined as a minimum requirement of persons from agrochemical shops who will participate in training program for agrochemical vendors and the agrochemical shops should have a report of selling or buying agrochemicals to provide to government officers. For more efficiency improvement, the government agencies should have more alternative measures such as enhancing collaboration between the authorized government offices and local administrative offices, empowering for agricultural inspectors, supporting agrochemical shops to be agents for personal protective equipment and promoting to use it properly and finally agrochemical producers should be responsible for safe chemical use training to the farmers directly.