Fabian Demicoli

Promoting the sustainable use of pesticides Consultation Session in Gozo

The Malta-EU Steering and Action Committee (MEUSAC) together with the Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority (MCCAA), is organising a consultation session on Directive 2009/128/EC establishing a framework for Union action to achieve the sustainable use of pesticides.

 

This Directive, which needs to be transposed into Maltese law by December 2011, aims to reduce the risks and impacts on human health and the environment related to the use of pesticides. The Directive also aims to promote the use of alternative pest management methods.

Date: Thursday, November 10, 2011

Time: 18:00 hrs

Venue: NGOs Centre, Il-Madonna tar-Rummiena Street, Xewkija

The aim of the Directive is to ensure that Member States draw up plans to reduce the potential damage caused by pesticides.

The Directive focuses on plant protection products.

It instructs Member States to:

  1. Adopt National Action Plans (NAPs) aimed at reducing the risk from pesticides on human health and the environment;
  2. Set up compulsory systems of training and education for distributors and professional users of pesticides;
  3. Set up framework for systematic equipment inspections;
  4. Protect water supplies;
  5. Examine alternative pest management methods;
  6. Examine harmonised risk indicators;

  The session is of particular interest to:

  • NGOs;
  • Farm Advisory Services;
  • Producer Organisations;
  • Co-Operatives;
  • Pesticides' dealers; and
  • The general public.

 

 

 

The session will be conducted in MALTESE.

The opening address will be given by the Hon. Dr Chris Said, Parliamentary Secretary for Consumers, Fair Competition, Local Councils and Public Dialogue.

Interested participants are requested to register for this session by not later than noon Friday, November 4, 2011 by email on .

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