Posted: Monday, September 26, 2022. 11:43 am CST.
By Benjamin Flowers: Belize is joining other Caribbean nations in the 2022 observation of Pesticides Awareness Week.
Apart from a week’s worth of activities focused around raising awareness of Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHP) Belize will also be marking the 2022 observance of Pesticides Awareness Day, to be held on Tuesday, September 27 under the theme ” Pesticides are harmful to our HEALTH and the ENVIRONMENT! Reduce the use of Highly Hazardous Pesticides!”
The Pesticides Control Board of Belize (PCB), issued a statement today, noting that it will be collaborating with the Coordinating Group of Pesticides Control Boards of the Caribbean (CGPC), CARICOM’s working group on pesticides management on raising awareness regionally and locally.
“Concerted action is needed on this group of pesticides that are causing most acute and chronic toxic problems, to eliminate the harm posed by HHPs and achieve the global goal of HHP-free food production through the drastic reduction of HHP use in agriculture by 2030,” the PCB said.
The PCB went on to say that locally, it is collaborating with strategic partners within the Grow Safe Campaign to reduce reliance on HHPs by promoting the adoption of agro-ecologically based approaches and alternatives for the sustainable intensification of agricultural production.
“Another ongoing project is the identification of HHPs in use in the country, for the development of risk reduction plans in collaboration with stakeholders,” the PCB added.”Consumers can support the Grow Safe campaign and the efforts of the Belizean farming community by buying locally produced safe food coming from farmers and farmer groups with good pesticide management practices.”
The World Health Organization has listed HHPs as one of 10 chemicals or groups of chemicals of major public health concern. Similarly, the Food and Agriculture Organization, HHPs are responsible for 95% of all acute pesticide intoxications.
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