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Policy Makers, Other Stake Holders Sensitised

Jul 15, 2008, 6:47 AM | Article By: By Soury Camara

The African Emergency Locust Project recently held a one-day training workshop for National Assembly Members, media, veterinary officials and health workers on safety and pest handling.

The gesture is part of their attempt to cope and control poisonous substances use to kill pests which are hazardous to humans, livestock, and to the environment.

The forum was also aimed at creating awareness for stakeholders on the need for proper mechanisms to minimise the risk associated with pesticide use and handling.

The representative of the permanent secretary at the Department of State for Agriculture, Mr. Jerro Manneh, dwelled on the importance of the training. He stressed the need for reserve measures to advert unforeseen scares from the improper use of pesticides.

Ms. Yassin Kan, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer with the African Emergency Locust Project, gave a brief background to the project. In ensuring that the recommendations reach the beneficiaries Ms Kan called on National Assembly Members to use their enormous moral authority to dilate the ideals they have learned to the people at the grassroots.

Ms. Kan made assurances, that she will do all that is necessary to achieve the objectives of the project.

After deliberations participants came up with sound recommendations for proper implementation and effective utilisation of pesticides.