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Improved Pesticides and Chemicals Management in the Former Soviet Union

FAO and EU to help Belarus reduce risks from dangerous pesticides


11 February 2014, Rome - FAO in cooperation with the European Union will help Belarus to dispose of obsolete pesticides and reduce risks from pesticides used in agriculture in the future, under a new signed agreement signed. Over the next two and a half years, FAO will provide technical assistance to Belarus in managing its stocks of obsolete pesticides, building capacity to minimize the threats from hazardous waste to human health and the environment, as well as strengthening legislation and building capacity in the management of pesticide containers. Together with the Government of Belarus, FAO will identify and assess the most highly contaminated sites with the aim to mobilise resources for risk reduction; promote alternatives to the most hazardous chemicals in use; and, develop communication strategies to raise awareness among farmers and the public.