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Farms in northern Uzbekistan are still contaminated with pesticides from the Soviet era. (Photo by David Holt)

Farms in northern Uzbekistan are still contaminated with pesticides from the Soviet era. (Photo by David Holt)

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, July 20, 2009 (ENS) – Experts say agricultural land in northwest Uzbekistan is so permeated with pesticides from past decades that it still presents health risks for the farmers who work it.

The soil in Khorezm region and the adjacent autonomous Republic of Karakalpakstan is still full of chlorine and other chemicals from the DDT used in cotton production in the Soviet period.

So intensive was the use of pesticides from the 1940s to the end of the 1960s that the Khorezm and Karakalpakstan had 78 aerodromes used by crop spraying planes. http://tinyurl.com/mrdgfs

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