Mauritius to introduce Use of Pesticides Bill

Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian Agroindustry and Food Security Minister Mahen Seeruttun will on Tuesday introduce the Use of Pesticides Bill in Parliament in a bid to regulate, control and monitor the use of pesticides in the island.

The Explanatory Memorandum circulated by the Minister said that the main object of the Bill is to regulate, control and monitor the importation and use of pesticides in or on certain fresh fruits, plants, seeds or vegetables with a view to, inter alia, minimising risks to human health and the environment.

It also indicates that there shall be a Pesticides Regulatory Office to develop strategies for the sound use and management of pesticides and for risk reduction associated with the use and disposal of empty pesticide containers, keep relevant information on pesticides, devise a Pesticides Code of Practice, advise the Minister on any matter related to the use of pesticides and do such other things as may be necessary for the purposes of this Act.

The Memorandum stipulates that anybody who cultivates any agricultural produce for the purpose of sale and who wishes to use or engage in the use of any pesticide shall follow such training programme as the Ministry may approve.

"Any person who has followed a training programme pursuant shall be issued with a certificate by the Office. No person shall advertise himself or otherwise hold himself out as a pest control operator or carry out the business of pest control operator unless he has completed such training programme as the Ministry may approve on the use of pesticides and been issued with a certificate by the Office," says the Memorandum
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21 Maio 2018 11:31:22




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