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During fiscal year 2004/05, some 83 pesticide products were registered with the Pesticide Control Authority (PCA), the largest number to be registered since its inception in 1992.
This was 22 more than the 61 products that were registered during the previous year. In the 2004/05 annual report of the PCA, which was tabled in the House of Representatives yesterday (September 5), it was also noted that a total of 2,686.2 tonnes of pesticides with a value of US$12.5 million were imported.
There was also a significant increase in the importation of herbicides from 867.1 tonnes in 2003/04 to 1,117.2 tonnes in 2004/05.
According to the Executive Summary in the report, the use of pesticides by veterinarians, for raw materials and public health, increased by 173.7 per cent, 47 per cent and 34.7 per cent, respectively.
Meanwhile, the Pesticide Amendment Regulations were promulgated in 2004 to address the use of pesticides and activities of pest control operators. During the financial year, the Authority responded and resolved seven complaints from clients who were not satisfied with the job done by Pest Control Operators PCOs).
A Pesticide Residue Monitoring Committee was also established. The committee addressed concerns that were identified by stakeholders. This formed the focus of a National Action Plan, which was launched by the Caribbean Agrochemicals Management Project in June 2004.
According to the report, this project provided resources to get the involvement of national and regional stakeholders to promote and improve agrochemicals management.
For the first time, CARICOM was made aware of pesticide related issues through the presentation of the regional strategy to the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) meeting in January 2005.
During the 2004/05 fiscal year, 27 additional persons were also certified as commercial PCOs. Some 28 farm stores were registered to sell restricted pesticides.
Since inception of the Authority, there has been a steady increase in the number of inspections of farm stores. A total of 599 visits were made to achieve and maintain compliance for 119 farm stores. There is an estimated 150 farm stores islandwide.