22 Complete DoA’s safe handling of pesticide products course
Twenty-two individuals recently completed the Department of Agriculture’s (DoA) “Safe Use and Handling of Pesticide Products” course.
To date almost 300 persons have received training through the programme which began in 1996, and was previously held in conjunction with the University of the West Indies.
Following the six-day workshop which featured presentations by officials from the DoA, Department of Environmental Health, Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) among others, participants were required to take practical and written examinations.
DoA employee Jason Berry copped top marks in both the written and practical exams.
“Having now completed this course, these students are now well versed in methods to properly select, apply, store and dispose of pesticide products thereby maximising their effectiveness and minimising any potential harmful impacts,” Adrian Estwick, Director of Agriculture who awarded certificates of participation, achievement, merit or distinction to the participants based on their exam results.
The ceremony was hosted by Assistant Director of Agriculture Brian Crichlow; other speakers included the course coordinator and DoA Plant Protection Officer Joan Steer and Sharon Bello of Dart Enterprise Ltd.
“Both the Ministry and the Department of Agriculture recognise the critical importance of the safe, judicious and effective use of pesticides within the sector and view this course as a key component of achieving this overall objective,” said Juliana O’Connor-Connolly, Minister for Education, Youth, Sports, Agriculture, and Lands.
“Pesticides are an important and almost indispensable tool in the maintenance of an aesthetically pleasing environment, for our living comfort and for food production and storage. I commend these participants and their respective employers for seeking out more information and arming themselves with the necessary knowledge to carry out their jobs safely, more efficiently and in a manner that protects both themselves and the community,” she added.