The workshops will train local people on how to handle the poisons, including anticoagulants which are used to kill various rodents.
Emmanuel Mahdavi, sales manager for the Middle East and Africa business at PelGar International, said, “The main problem faced with rodent control in Burkina Faso is that users are normally not aware of the anticoagulant technique. They think that if they do not find a rodent dead straight after the baiting then the product is not working. The local dealers and farmers need to be educated on how to use rodenticides safely and how an anticoagulant works.
“To help in the education process we have been organising training workshops for local dealers to promote PelGar’s products and to explain how anticoagulants work. Those attending the workshop will receive a diploma to put in their small shops indicating that they are competent to inform and advise on the products’ use.”
Anticoagulants are separated into two functional groups — first-generation and second-generation. First-generation anticoagulants are used for the control of certain field rodents, including ground squirrels, pocket gophers and voles. Second-generation anticoagulants have the ability to control warfarin-resistant rats and house mice.
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