The Pesticide Control Board of the Ministry of Blue and Green Economy, Agriculture, and National Food Security is preparing for the annual observance of Pesticide Awareness Week commencing September 26th, 2022.
This year, the theme chosen by the Coordinating Groups of Pesticide Control Boards of the Caribbean is “Pesticides are harmful to HEALTH and the ENVIRONMENT! Reduce the use of Highly Hazardous Pesticides!”.
The activities will run from September 26th – 30th, 2022.
What does the theme mean to the sector locally?
The theme is of great importance not only to the sector but to the country. Pesticides are not only used in agriculture but also within households and businesses and the idea of reducing the use of these highly hazardous pesticides will be beneficial to all sectors. It offers people the opportunity to look at alternatives such as Integrated Pest Management (IPM). As a country securing food is a priority and so, producing wholesome food as free from pesticides as possible is crucial as possible.
what is the definition of an HHP?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Global Harmonized System Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).
“Highly Hazardous Pesticides are pesticides that present particularly high levels of acute or chronic hazards to health and the environment”.
The Ministry of the Blue and Green Economy Agriculture and National Food Security has worked and continues to work with farmers, importers, retailers, and all involved in pesticide management. One of our priority areas is sensitizing and training farmers on the importance of using less harmful chemicals in the production of food.
The Ministry is collaborating with the Dominica Bureau of Standards to ensure that periodical testing is conducted on Fresh Produce to determine the Maximum Residue Levels for safe local consumption and exports.
A series of activities are planned to mark this observance to include radio programmes, school outreach activities, and demonstration workshops. A demonstration session will be conducted on the 27th of September 2022 at the Woodford Hill Agricultural Station in collaboration with the Project Management Unit of the Emergency Agricultural Livelihoods and Climate Resilience Project focusing on the safe use of pesticides for farm propagation workers and farmers from the North East Agricultural Region.