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Pesticide Registrars Learn New Methods

A workshop that will prepare Fiji for assessing future pesticide residue content has been organised by The Pacific Community (SPC) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). Both organisations
10 May 2017 11:46
Pesticide Registrars Learn New Methods

A workshop that will prepare Fiji for assessing future pesticide residue content has been organised by The Pacific Community (SPC) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

Both organisations are represented in a regional weeklong workshop at the Novotel Nadi on the harmonising of pesticide registration in the Pacific islands through a Pacific Registration Scheme (PRPRS).

“This is like preparing Fiji for future queries from the importers. A time will come when they will want to test the pesticide residue,” said SPC pest management officer Fereti Atumurirava.

“This is playing a pro-active role for Fiji and other Pacific Island countries.”

Mr Atumurirava said pesticides were part and parcel of agriculture production in Fiji and in exports it was vital for this workshop to happen.

“The purpose of this workshop is to look for the possibilities of harmonising pesticide registration of the regions and for us to move forward. We have a national obligation as we look at the millennium goal and sustainable development goals (SDG),” he said.

He said FAO and SPC were trying to assist countries in preparing them to meet the obligations of SDG which was the protection of the environment and biodiversity.

He said a unit based at SPC would be targeted in a harmonised system to improve the use and quality of pesticides to reduce residues in the soil, and crops.

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