Addis Ababa, 12 April 2012‐‐‐The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Representation in Ethiopia today handed over pesticide laboratory equipment and consumable items valued at about 2.9 million Birr to the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Agriculture (MoA).
FAO provided the laboratory equipment and consumable items as part of the technical support under The Enforcement of Post‐registration Capacities for Better Pesticide Management in Ethiopia project. The project aims at reducing pesticide risk to public health and the environment in Ethiopia , by developing a strategy for pesticide reduction, promoting alternatives to conventional pesticides, eliminating hazardous pesticide products, and upgrading technical infrastructure for the control of the quality of pesticide products.
The project has been under implementation since January 2010 in partnership with MoA, at a total cost of USD 465,000 (about 8.13 million Birr). The equipment will be installed at and used by the national pesticide laboratory under the Animal and Plant Health Regulatory Directorate of the MoA.
Speaking at the handover ceremony at the Federal MoA, Mr.Castro Camarada, FAO Subregional Coordinator for Eastern Africa, and Representative in Ethiopia, to the AU and ECA noted the project represents a significant contribution to the improvement of pesticide management in the country, improved capacity of the pesticide laboratory and its staff for residue analysis, and quality control for improving agricultural export. “I believe it will also contribute to agricultural development, and ultimately contribute to Ethiopia’s Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP)”, he said.
The Enforcement of Post‐registration Capacities for Better Pesticide Management in Ethiopia project was conceived in response to a request by the Federal MoA in 2008 for technical assistance to develop a national pesticide management programme. Based on the needs identified, FAO provided a range of support under the project, including:
- Procurement and installation of new laboratory equipment to upgrade the analytical capacities in the pesticide laboratory;
- Training of national teams locally and abroad to carry out safe inventory of pesticides, enhance their laboratory analytical skills, management of obsolete stocks and associated wastes and useable stocks;
- The development of a data base of registered pesticides in Ethiopia;
- Deployment of FAO’s Pesticide Stock Management System (PSMS) and training for staff on tools, support and data management.