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Pesticides Control Board this week celebrates 35 years regulating pesticide use in Belize

Posted: Friday, December 8, 2023. 10:25 am CST.

Photo Credit: MAFSE

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The Pesticides Control Board is celebrating 35 years of regulating pesticide use in Belize.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise, during this time, the Pesticides Control Board (PCB) has been the leading authority in regulating pesticides in Belize. The PCB protects public health and the environment by ensuring that only safe and effective pesticides are available and used in the country.

The PCB registers pesticides, evaluates their safety and performance, and monitors their importation, distribution, and use. The PCB is charged with inspecting pesticide businesses, major industries, and farmers to verify that they follow the rules and guidelines for responsible pesticide use and management.

Another role of the PCB is to educate various stakeholders  such as farmers, pesticide applicators, importers, and retailers, on the potential risks of pesticides and how to avoid or minimize them. The Board offers training programs on topics such as toxicity, exposure, and personal protection and conducts outreach programs to demonstrate integrated pest management techniques that reduce the need for pesticides.

The PCB’s main goal is to increase public awareness and understanding of the responsible use and management of pesticides. By providing information, guidance, and enforcement, the PCB helps users to apply the right amount of pesticides, use the appropriate equipment, store and dispose of pesticides and containers safely, and protect themselves and others from harm.

The Pesticides Control Board thanked all its partners, supporters, and the public for their cooperation and trust over the past 35 years promising to continue working towards a more sustainable and environmentally conscious approach to pesticide use in Belize.

Photographs of Pesticides Control Board 35 years celebration, courtesy of the Ministry of Agriculture.

 

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