Sunday 26 May, 2019

Discussion on pesticides transforming the region

Proper use of pesticides can minimize the adverse effects on human health and the global environment.

This is according to Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Subregional Coordinator for the Caribbean, Lystra Fletcher-Paul, as she delivered her opening remarks at the start of the three-day meeting of regional agricultural chemical management experts Monday morning at Courtyard by Marriott.

She implored on those present to understand that they should managed Highly Hazardous pesticides, "Since they can enter the global food supply o the chain of commercial and domestic products and affect the soil, water basins an coastal areas."

FAO has been partnering in the implementation of a project funded by the Global Environmental Facility dubbed, 'Disposal of Obsolete Pesticides Including Promotion of Alternatives and Strengthening Pesticides Management in the Caribbean'.

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To date, the project has been able to complete inventories of highly hazardous and obsolete pesticides, including persistent pollutants in 14 Caribbean countries and the safe removal of 320 tonnes of dangerous chemical stockpiles an contaminated containers from eleven countries in the region.

They have also provided training to 30 participants from 15 countries in the region to use the FAO Pesticides Registration Toolkit:

"Which is a decision support system that helps pesticide registrars evaluate dossiers which have been submitted to support the registration of pesticides products for use in the developing countries," she said.

Regional Project Coordinator at the FAO Sub-Regional Office for the Caribbean Mr. Guy Mathurin, also spoke to some of the benefits:

"By decreasing exposure to highly hazardous and obsolete pesticides, we have brought significant community and environmental health benefits to several Caribbean countries, including Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago."

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