Pesticide use in Vietnamese vegetable production: a 10-year study

P.V. Hoi*, A.P.J. Mol, Peter Oosterveer, P.J. van den Brink, P.T.M. Huong

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Vietnam has had varying success over the past decade with its pesticides policy. Some of the most toxic pesticides have been banned from the market. But while many countries have successfully decreased agricultural pesticide use per hectare, this has not (yet) happened in Vietnam. Due to insufficient pesticide management capacity of the Vietnamese government, pesticide types and quantities registered and distributed on the market have substantially increased in Vietnam over the last 10 years. A 10-year monitoring programme at farm level showed that pesticide use follows the increasing pesticide availability on the market, and many toxic and illegal pesticides are still being used. In an agricultural country dominated by millions of small-scale farmers and with limited state capacity for control at farm level, reduction of the use of the most toxic pesticides can best be achieved by more effective pesticide market control through stricter and more effective state regulations and implementation, aimed at eliminating illegal, low quality and counterfeit pesticides from the market. But even then, better state and private extension services, and greater state capacity for control and enforcement remain essential in enabling farmers to make better decisions about pesticide use.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3
Pages (from-to)325-338
JournalInternational Journal of Agricultural Sustainability
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • pesticides
  • Red River Delta
  • regulation
  • uses
  • vegetables


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