Sustainable Oil Palm Farming / General notes on pesticides

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Download: Module 5: Pests and Diseases

Warning! Herbicides, pesticides and other chemicals are often toxic to humans, animals and palms, and should be used sparingly and with care
  • Always follow the rules and regulations as set by the government
  • Always read the label carefully before applying chemicals. If you don’t understand entirely, ask the salesman or an extension worker
  • When preparing chemicals, follow the instructions on the package carefully
  • Application of chemicals should always be carried out wearing full protective clothing including rubber gloves, boots, mask, rubber apron, and safety glasses
  • Spraying or trunk injection should be done only by workers who have followed a training course
  • Spray equipment should be kept clean and in good shape
  • All containers holding chemicals should be labelled according to their content (e.g. “Herbicide: [Name], “Pesticide: [Name]”, etc.)
  • Never store food in containers that were used for chemicals or fertilisers

For notes on how to use a knapsack sprayer, see Module 3, Storing and spraying chemicals.


The material from General notes on pesticides is sourced from Smallholder Oil Palm Handbook and put together by Lotte Suzanne Woittiez (Wageningen Universit) and Haryono Sadikin, Sri Turhina, Hidayat Dani, Tri Purba Dukan, and Hans Smit (SNV) in August 2016. See Module 5: Pests and Diseases for more information.

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