Minimisation and Safe Disposal of Pesticides Waste
Apexhom is a non-profit organisation which regroups producers and exporters of horticultural products as well as importers and distributors of phytosanitary products. The objective of this project is to enable farmers to take an active part in the minimisation of the negative impacts of pesticide use on the land, rivers and marine environment by providing them with a framework and necessary techniques and facilities to minimise and safely dispose of pesticide-related wastes. The expected results are a decrease in the pollution of land and rivers in farming areas, a safe and sustainable operational system of collection of empty pesticide containers and of unwanted pesticides, a change in attitude of the farmers concerning due diligence when using pesticides and an increase in the use of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques and of biopesticides.
Association Professionnelle des Producteurs/ Exportateurs de Produits Horticoles de Maurice
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Project Characteristics and Results
Promoting Public Awareness of Global Environment
Apexhom will source information on technical issues relevant to this project and will initiate sensitisation of farmers and institutions, as well as consumers, through communication and information dissemination activities, including 1. Production of electronic newsletters on issues relevant to the project; 2. Production of a film showing good agricultural practices, especially how unused diluted pesticides, unwanted pesticides and empty containers should be disposed of; 3. Elaboration and printing of brochures and posters that farmers may use to inform their employees on best practices.
Capacity - Building Component
Apexhom, the project technical assistant and Agricultural Research and Extension Unit (AREU), with the assistance of CropLife (Mauritius), will carry out training of farmers involved in the pilot projects on the importance of, and the techniques for, minimisation of pesticide waste. This will involve training on · Environmental requirements in trade in agricultural products: Multilateral Environmental Agreements that impact on trade in agriculture / Environmental requirements set in quality assurance schemes for agricultural products (EurepGAP, Fair trade standards, etc.); · the Mauritius Codes of Good Agricultural Practices; · IPM techniques and use of biopesticides; · and other issues concerning safe use of pesticides. These training will be carried out over 18 months, either at Apexhom or at AREU offices, or in the fields, as per requirements of the training and convenience of farmers. Training will take on board the sensitisation campaigns by authorities on the importance for farmers and pesticide applicators to carry out regular health checks as well as cholinesterase tests.
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