Pesticides Awareness Week 2013
The Ministry of Agriculture, Pesticides and Toxic Chemicals Control Board will be celebrating Pesticides Awareness Week, 2013 under the theme “Store Wise – Save Lives” from the 27th Oct. – 2nd Nov., 2013. The Board which monitors the import, distribution, vending, use, storage and disposal of pesticides in Guyana will be carrying out numerous activities during the week to raise awareness about this unique group of chemicals. (See Schedule here)
Activities during the week will focus on pesticides storage practices and how important proper storage is to pesticides users and the general public. Improper storage of pesticides can lead to pesticides fires, spills and accidental poisonings such as suicide.
Pesticides are the only toxic substances released intentionally into our environment to kill living things. This includes substances that kill weeds (herbicides), insects (insecticides), fungus (fungicides), rodents (rodenticides), and others.
The use of toxic pesticides to manage pest problems has become a common practice around the world. Pesticides are used almost everywhere -- not only in agricultural fields, but also in homes, parks, schools, buildings, forests, and roads. It is difficult to find somewhere where pesticides aren't used -- from the can of bug spray under the kitchen sink to the airplane crop dusting acres of farmland; our world is filled with pesticides.Read more.
Message from the Minister of Agriculture- Pesticides Awareness Week 2013.
The Ministry of Agriculture commemorates the launch of Pesticides Awareness Week, 2013 from the 27th October – 2nd November, 2013 under the theme “Pesticides – Store Wise, Save Lives”.
From healthcare to food production, the manipulation of chemicals for human use has been nothing short of ground breaking. The most recent manipulation of chemicals for varying applications as pesticides has enabled advances in food technology areas like bio-technology and pest control.
Globally, large scale use of pesticides has resulted in environmental degradation and exposing humans and wildlife to high levels of chemicals that cause adverse impacts on nature and human health. Public concerns about the adverse impacts of chemicals on human health and the environment have made the sound management of chemicals and their associated wastes an essential component of overall public policy in countries at all stages of development, especially developing countries.
While chemicals can make significant contributions to resolving many modern issues like pest control products to restrict the spread of vector borne diseases such as malaria, if not properly managed, these chemicals can cause significant damage to human health and the environment. Hence, the ever present need for Government to direct increasing attention to risk management actions so as to protect our citizens and our precious environment from the threats posed by pesticides. Read more.
National Implementation Plan under the Stockholm Convention Unveiled
This Stockholm Convention National Implementation Plan (NIP) has been prepared by the Pesticide and Toxic Chemicals Control Board (PTCCB) in the Ministry of Agriculture for the Government of Guyana, acting as the national focal point for the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). Guyana acceded to the Convention in September 2007 and the preparation of the NIP has been undertaken in fulfillment of the country’s obligations under Article 7 of the Convention. The support of an enabling activity grant from the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) for its preparation is gratefully acknowledged.
The preparation of this NIP follows the guidance issued by the Stockholm Convention and GEF, and systematically covers the country’s present situation with respect to the presence and release of POPs in the country, the status of compliance relative to each provision of the Convention, and the national response adopted in the near and long term to the issue in the form of an Action Plan. The NIP has been prepared to cover all POPs current addressed by the Convention effective of its last amendment of annexes in 2011. This has been done within the overall framework of a strategic approach being pursued by Guyana respecting sound chemicals management and its national environmental and sustainable development strategies as imbedded in the National Development Program. It has been formally endorsed by the Government of Guyana in this context. Read more.
Pesticides Awareness Corner in Secondary Schools Award cermony
The Pesticides and Toxic Chemicals Control Board recently concluded its Pesticide Awareness Programme in Secondary Schools with an Awards Ceremony held on the 31st October, 2012. This year’s program targeted 12 selected schools in six administrative regions, namely 2, 3,4,5,6 and 10.Schools were tasked with establishing a Pesticides Awareness Corner in their schools, which is expected to provide a wealth of information to all students about the Board as well as pesticides use, hazards, benefits etc. Materials to develop the corners were provided by the Board, with schools expecting to add their own bit of creativity.Read more
Pesticides Awareness Week 2012, 21st - 27th October
The Ministry of Agriculture, Pesticides and Toxic Chemicals Control Board continued its public awareness raising campaign with the observation of “Pesticides Awareness Week” during Agriculture Month 2012. The Board which monitors the import, distribution, vending, use, storage and disposal of pesticides in Guyana carried out a number of activities during the week to raise awareness about this unique group of chemicals.Read more
National Chemical Profile of Guyana
In view of the recognition by the Government of Guyana of the essential need for acceptable regulatory management of chemicals in Guyana, the Pesticides and Toxic Chemicals Control Board (PTCCB) has developed this National Chemicals Management Profile (NCMP) to guide the importation, storage, trade, usage by the diverse spectrum of end users.
This document has been compiled through a consultative approach led by the PTCCB and involving pertinent local public and private sector agencies and relevant overseas based regional and international organizations which are directly involved in chemical management and usage and monitoring.
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Illegal pesticides seized during Pesticide Board's Inspection and enforcement exercises
The Pesticides and Toxic Chemicals Control Board of the Ministry of Agriculture, Inspection and Enforcement Unit recently conducted a series of inspections and seizure exercises countrywide which resulted in the confiscation of significant quantities of illegal and unregistered Household and Agriculture Pesticides Products. These seizures are in keeping with the Board mandates for eradicating the importation, sale and use of illegal pesticides. In keeping with the Pesticides and Toxic Chemicals Control Regulations 2004 (No. 8 of 2004) all pesticides imported, sold and used in Guyana must be registered by the Board. All products confiscated during these operations were not registered by the Board. In addition, the labeling standard does not comply with Regulation requirements. Over four (4) million dollars of illegal agricultural pesticides were confiscated along with numerous illegal household use products for the past two months. The Board wishes to re-emphasize that all pesticides are poisons, which pose high risks to human health and the environment. Read more
THE INTER-AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK AND PESTICIDES AND TOXIC CHEMICALS LABORATORY (PTCL)
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) through its Agriculture Export Diversification Programme under the component aimed at strengthening and consolidating agriculture health and food safety services in Guyana has allocated funding for the development of the PTCL. The PTCL intends to use this money to enhance both its quality and residual analyses capabilities. The desired equipment and materials were already presented to the programme’s executing agency and the process of procurement has begun.
One of the major pieces of equipment to be acquired is a High Performance Liquid Chromatograph (HPLC), which would be used to identify and quantify pesticide residues. It is a very powerful analytical tool that is able to detect very small concentrations and a wide variety of chemical compounds. This would be important not only to safeguard consumer health but also to facilitate the trade requirements of export markets. Read more
Public Awareness News & Development
The Board commenced its training programme for the year 2010. The programme envisaged a target audience of 1500 persons taking from the agriculture growing communities across the country. The trainings targeted farmers and farmhands within the sugar, rice and other crops sectors in regions 2,3,4,5,6 and 10. Participants were exposed to the safe techniques of handling, transporting, storing, spraying and disposal of Pesticides.
The trainings were conducted in conjunction with Ministry of Agriculture Extension Department, Crops Development Support Services, National Agricultural Research Institute, Guyana Rice Development Board and Guyana Marketing Corporation with representatives from these agencies making informed presentations relating to their organizations. Also specialized presentations in pest and disease management and crop fertilizing were conducted in locations where feedback requested these training.Read More