Mid Wales

Campaign launched to halt Welsh river pesticide rise

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Media captionWeed wipers are believed to reduce the amount of pesticides used on grass and crops

A campaign to tackle increasing levels of weed-killing pesticide in mid and west Wales rivers has been launched.

Growing levels of grassland herbicide MCPA have been detected in watercourses across the country.

Welsh Water and Natural Resources Wales have launched a scheme to reduce MCPA in the Teifi and Upper Wye rivers.

On Thursday, free hire of weed wipers - which reduce spray drift and the amount of chemicals used - was offered to farmers in Talsarn, Ceredigion.

Weed wipers use sponges to apply chemicals directly to target weeds as opposed to the more scattered approach of spraying.

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