Dáil Éireann - Volume 496 - 12 November, 1998
Written Answers. - Pesticide Usage.
Ms McManus Ms McManus
 10. Ms McManus asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the plans, if any, he has to alert farmers to the potential dangers of certain sprays, having regard to the findings of a study undertaken by the Department of Health and Children promotion in University College Galway which suggested that an increase in cancer among farmers may be linked to sprays; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23102/98]
Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mr. Walsh) Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mr. Walsh)
Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mr. Walsh): I am aware of the study referred to. I accept there is need for continuing emphasis on training for farmers and farm workers with respect to the safe use of pesticides. In this connection, Teagasc operates a number of training and educational courses for farmers and people who are involved in the application and use of such products. In addition Teagasc has published a voluntary code of good practice, which is available to all farmers, on the handling, application and storage of pesticides on farms.
Dáil Éireann 496 Written Answers. Pesticide Usage.