Friday, 27 March 2009

NEMC in bid to identify underground pesticides

From The Citizen, Dar es Salaam
By Patty Magubira in Mwanza

The National Environment Management Council (NEMC) has embarked on identification of buried stocks of expired pesticides and assessment of soil contaminated by poisonous agricultural chemicals.

The NEMC director general, Mr Bonaventure Baya, said US$7 million would be spent on the four-year programme being implemented under the Africa Stockpiles Programme (ASP) in seven countries on the African continent, including Tanzania.

Other countries involved in phase one of the programme covering over 14 countries, according to Mr Baya, are Ethiopia, Tunisia, South Africa, Morocco, Nigeria and Mali.

The programme would, among others, identify expired pesticides buried at various sites, remove them, assess the impact of the poisonous chemicals on the soils and devise remedial measures, he said.


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