The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations will be hosting and participating in a meeting of regional agricultural chemical management experts this week to highlight advancements and identify priorities in the safe life cycle management of pesticides and toxic chemicals in the Caribbean.
The discussions will take place during the 22nd Annual Meeting of the Coordinating Group of Pesticides Control Boards of the Caribbean (CGPC), scheduled from June 11 to 13 at the Courtyard by Marriott, The Garrison Historic Area, Hastings, Christ Church, Barbados.
Representatives from 12 CGPC member countries along with facilitators and observers from industry, international agencies and academia are expected to attend.
Obsolete pesticides, which can no longer be used for any purpose are dangerous toxic waste. Stockpiles of these pesticides are often poorly stored and the toxic chemicals leak into the environment, threatening human and environmental health. Empty containers are also dangerous because they contain pesticide residues and are often used to store food or water.