Mozambique prohibits Highly Hazardous Pesticides
In Mozambique, the work started in 2012, under the leadership of the Ministry of Agriculture and in coordination with the Ministry for the Coordination of Environmental Affairs and the Ministry of Health. A team of experts scrutinized the list of permitted pesticides and pesticide import data and short-listed 79 formulated products containing a total of 30 active ingredients. Many of these (17 active ingredients) had not been imported for several years because they are no longer used and thus could be cancelled immediately.
A field survey conducted in provinces with high pesticide use confirmed that some of the short-listed products currently in use were handled and applied without an adequate level of personal protection or a good understanding of the risks involved.
These products were cancelled after stakeholder consultations with representatives of commodity companies, the agro-chemical industry, civil society and producers who assessed the implications of phasing them out and identified viable alternative solutions. Nine active ingredients were cancelled once less risky alternatives were registered to be used in Mozambique and made available. The remaining 4 active ingredients are expected to be cancelled by the end of the 2014.
FAO continues to work alongside the Ministry of Agriculture to help strengthen the capacity of producers to make better use of ecological approaches to manage crops and pests by conserving important ecosystem services such as natural biological control, as one example.
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