What farmers need to know about using herbicides

Though it may be cost saving, there are number of issues that come with the use of chemicals. These involve proper management of the chemicals as well as protection against the potentially harmful effects. Photo by Fred Muzaale.

What you need to know:

Growing crops comes with the ever present menace of weeds, which compete with them for nutrients in the soil and space. Often, the weeds harm the crops and lead to less yields. Herbicides are a way to deal with the weeds.

Herbicides are chemicals that kill weeds or prevent their normal growth. Today, many farmers have embraced the use of herbicides to do the job instead of weeding manually.

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