About 27,000 people are poisoned by pesticides each year in one Chinese province, 10 percent of them fatally, an official report says.

The Legal Daily attributed the high incidence of poisonings in Jiangsu province to the growing use of pesticides over the past decade without adequate safety instructions.Jiangsu, one of China's 31 provinces and administrative regions, has a population of 64.4 million.

About 52 percent of the poisonings were accidents which occured while applying pesticides. The rest were classed as "accidents not occurring during production," including deliberate drinking of pesticides to commit suicide.