Poland enters final phase of pesticide elimination

Poland has now entered the final phase of eliminating methyl bromide, which should be complete by the end of the year, in accordance with the Montreal Protocol.

Following a meeting between UN representatives and Polish agricultural experts and government officials, use of the pesticide will be phased out by 31 December 2005 as part of the regional phase-out project covering Bulgaria, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia and Poland.

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Development Programme (UNDP) will jointly provide training and investment services to ensure that the deadline is reached.

Together, the five countries will eliminate a combined total of around 167 metric tonnes of methyl bromide, the majority of which was used for post harvest and soil fumigation projects.

Through support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), Poland will be provided with the latest alternatives for the pesticide, including both chemical and non-chemical solutions such as phosphine, heat and sanitation techniques, Dazomet and grafting techniques, as well as integrated pest and commodities management techniques.

In addition, UNDP will ensure that technicians have up-to-date equipment for implementing these alternatives.

Being newly acceded to the European Union, Poland is currently striving to meet stringent requirements outlined in EU regulations as well as those stated under the Montreal Protocol.

By Jane Kettle

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