St Helena : St Helena SAFER PESTICIDE PRACTICES
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 26.10.2013 (Article Archived on 23.11.2013)
In August, the four main importers of pesticides to the island, Queen Mary Stores, Solomon & Company, St Helena Growers Co-operative Society and WA Thorpe and Sons signed a voluntary code of practice
1. In August, the four main
importers of pesticides to the island, Queen Mary Stores, Solomon &
Company, St Helena Growers Co-operative Society and WA Thorpe and Sons signed a
voluntary code of practice together with the Agriculture and Natural Resources
Division (ANRD), agreeing on standards for the way in which pesticides are
stored and offered for sale to the public. The code aims to take steps to
protect the public from the adverse effects of pesticides and ensure their safe
and effective use to produce high quality pest and disease-free crops.
are valuable tools in the battle against pests and weeds, but being poisons can
be dangerous if not treated with respect. Risks run from the sales staff who
handle the boxes, the sprayers and non-targets.
Henry of the St Helena Growers commented:
use of pesticides is now a fact of life for us on St Helena; however we must
carefully manage their uses to protect both the environment and the food
are formulated in two grades, home and garden use for the general public, and
professional use, which are intended for use only by trained professionals.
the voluntary code, in the future professional use of products will only be
sold to people who have received the required training. One of ANRD’s
commitments is to provide this training for anyone interested in using
pesticides and the first course will take place in January 2014, with funding
assistance from Enterprise St Helena. A call for expressions of interest in
getting training in pesticide use should call ANRD on 24724. Further course
information, dates, venues and application details will soon be provided.
Duncan, Head of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Division said:
Code of Practice is a small but important step towards a more comprehensive
pesticide management system for the Island.”