The environment includes all living and non-living objects around us, including air, water, plants, soil and wildlife. Pesticides help farmers counter the threat of pests that feed on and destroy their crops. However an excessive use of chemical formulations can cause pollute our environment, endanger other life forms, and harm natural habitats.
Steigen keeps such threats in check by creating, implementing and measuring programs for environmental conservation that provide us a set of healthy conditions for increasing crop yield. We work with our customers to ensure that our products imbibe maximum value in their crops while minimizing nutrient loss in the soil. Here are some pointers to bear in mind with the use of pesticides:
- Find out from your dealer how long the impact of a pesticide will last, and where will the residue go – into the water table? We share tips on safe disposal of pesticide by-products with our consumers in order to help them make the right choice of a pesticide.
- Read the pesticide label, including the "Environmental Hazards" section, and make sure you are following the directions to minimize the risks to your environment.
- Always dispose the unused pesticides safely. If you are not able to follow the instructions on the pack careful, inquire from our staff.
- Consider adopting an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach to controlling pests. IPM practices are designed to have minimal impacts on the environment. We can help you access more information on this subject.
- Try and use pesticides that are specifically designed for the pest you are trying to control, rather than apply a broad-spectrum of pesticides to your field. This latter approach might cause more damage than good to your crop environment.