Barbados To Host Pesticide Control Meeting

Nya Phillips Ministry News

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Delegates from over 10 Caribbean countries will gather at the Courtyard by Marriot, Hastings, Christ Church, from June 11-13, for the 22nd Meeting of the Coordinating Group of Pesticides Control Boards of the Caribbean.

The meeting is being hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security and facilitated by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

Other partners include: The University of the West Indies; the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture; the Caribbean Agriculture Health and Food Safety Agency; Pesticide Action Network-UK; and Rotterdam Convention.

Among the topics to be discussed are: The development of an Empty Pesticide Container Management Scheme; The replacement of highly hazardous pesticides with safer options; and the development of a system of collaboration between the territories of the region.

Countries participating in the 22nd Meeting of the Coordinating Group of Pesticides Control Boards of the Caribbean are Antigua and Barbuda; Belize; Cuba; Dominica; Dominican Republic; Guyana; Jamaica; St. Kitts and Nevis; St. Lucia; St. Vincent and the Grenadines; Suriname; and Trinidad and Tobago.

Regional Pesticides Control Boards meet annually to devise strategies aimed at safeguarding the health of people in the Caribbean and the environment.

nya.phillips@barbados.gov.bb

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