On September 26-27, a two-day regional seminar of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on the proper use of pesticides in agriculture was held in Chisinau, Moldova. The event was attended by more than 20 representatives from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. During the seminar, it was decided to establish a working group for regional cooperation on pesticide management, which Ukraine will be responsible for coordinating, the press service of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy reported.
On the part of Ukraine, Alla Loboda, the Head of Plant Protection Quarantine of the Plant Protection Directorate of Food Safety and Food Quality of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, took part in the seminar. She was elected coordinator of the established working group.
The main objective of the seminar was to discuss and analyze the tools proposed by FAO, which is established to improve the existing national procedures for registration of pesticides. In particular, it will facilitate grounded decision making and can be used to detect highly toxic pesticides, assess the risk of their use and consider possible mitigation measures.
According to the results of the workshop, the participants, together with FAO experts, developed a work plan for regional cooperation in pesticide management, which will contribute to the sustainable development of agriculture in the region along with protecting farmers, consumers and the ecosystem from the negative effects of pesticides.
Ukraine joined FAO in 2003 and is a member of various FAO projects both domestically and in the region. The organization fosters partnerships between governments, business associations, civil society and the private sector in the areas of food security and agricultural development.
FAO national teams of experts in more than 130 countries around the world are working on the problems of the fishing industry, increasing nutrition, fighting diseases in animal husbandry, obtaining reliable statistics in the agricultural sector, handling and disposing of obsolete pesticides and setting food safety standards.