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Table 4 Reported storage locations, disposal methods, knowledge of routes of exposure and sources of pesticide information reported by coffee and vegetable farmers in Arumeru district

From: Farmers' knowledge, practices and injuries associated with pesticide exposure in rural farming villages in Tanzania

Characteristic Options n Percentage (%)
Storage of pesticides: General storage within the house 69 57.2
Dedicated pesticide store 11 9.2
Elsewhere on farm 11 9.2
Toilet 7 5.9
Kitchen 6 5.2
Ceiling board 6 5.1
Bedroom 4 3.0
Bathroom 4 3.0
Chicken shed 2 1.8
Storage of spraying equipment: General store 47 39.0
Equipment store 31 26.0
Ceiling board 19 16.0
Bedroom 16 13.0
Elsewhere on the farm 8 6.4
Knowledge of pesticide absorption routes:* Dermal 91 75.2
Inhalation 88 72.7
Ingestion 12 9.9
Other (eyes, wound) 3 2.4
Unknown 15 12.3
Farmers source of information on pesticides* Label 86 70.8
Extension officers 47 38.6
Pesticides retailers 58 48.2
TPRI 8 6.4
Unknown 12 9.6
Disposal of unwanted pesticides* Burn 4 3.3
Bury 6 5.0
Donate 5 4.1
Dump in a hole 2 1.6
Dump in general public sites including town disposal sites. 2 1.6
Dump in the farm 35 28.9
Dump on the ground 7 5.7
Re spray remaining spray solution 42 34.7
Dumping in the bush 2 1.6
Dumping in the toilet 1 0.8
Use all 11 9.0
Do not Know 9 7.4
  1. *Categories not mutually exclusive.