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Yemen returns 195 tons illegal pesticides to their countries
Author管理员   Posted2011-05-30 11:02:08    Font:【big】【middle】【small
Yemen returned back 195 tons of pesticides during the first half of this year. These quantities of pesticides are prohibited and entered the country illegally.
Director of Plant Protection at the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation Abdullah Al-Sayani said that these pesticides have been stopped at the border and accumulated there to be retuned to the countries imported from.
These pesticides were turned back to the countries they were produced because they entered the country illegally and some of them are prohibited, he said." These pesticides came from China, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates." He indicated that the Protection of Plant General Directorate in cooperation with custom authority has been able to return back five trucks containing 86 tons of illegal pesticides from Hudiedah Port.
Al-Sayani revealed that the ministry of agriculture is carrying out campaigns to reduce importing pesticides to the country as they are dangerous to human health and on environment. These campaigns resulted in closing 61 stores violated pesticides law out of 139 inspected stores in targeted governorates. 4.5 tons of pesticides have been confiscated during the campaign and kept in the ministrys stores. After examination, these pesticides are being used in getting rid of plant epidemics by the ministry.
Over the measures taken by the ministry against violators, Al-Sayani said that 101 violation reports have been made and submitted to the prosecution. However, the ministry has granted three new licenses to import pesticides and renewed 14 others to importers in several governorates after making sure that they fit the law.
However he said that it is difficult to get rid of these pesticides by burning as this process will cause environment catastrophe. At the same time, getting rid of them through specialized companies will cost "the country USD 10 per one litter." He also admitted that they cannot stop all illegal pesticides coming to the country because of smuggling as there are many ways to smugglers on the vast ground border of Yemen with Saudi Arabia and Oman. "Pesticides smuggling is active like medicine smuggling," he affirmed.
According to Al-Sayani, Yemen imports nearly 360 tons of legal pesticides formally every year and this figure reduced from 500 tons in 2006. He said Yemen is still among the countries which imports limited quantities of pesticides for agricultural production. He argued that to improve the production, the country still needs between 1500-2000 tons every year.

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