UNDP anti-pesticide pilot scaled up nationwide
The Ministry of Agriculture launched today in Beijing a new national plan to promote an eco-friendly alternative technology to replace the agricultural use of the harmful pesticide Dicofol across China by 2015, based on a pilot project run by the Ministry of Environmental Protection and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
UNDP China Country Director Christophe Bahuet was in attendance to launch with partners a National Implementing Strategy (NIS) that will see China take concrete steps to roll out eco-friendly Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques nationwide to replace the use of DDT-based Dicofol in China’s orange, apple and cotton agricultural sectors. It is hoped that the NIS will make a strong contribution to eventually phasing out the use of Dicofol across China; at the pilot stage the IPM project has already led to DDT production in China being cut by 2,800 tons, DDT-related emissions falling by 350 tons and DDT-contaminated waste reduced by 1,350 tons.
As well as having a positive impact on the environment, these reductions also mean that China is able to meet its obligations under the Stockholm Convention, which governs the use of DDT and sets strict health and safety standards globally. As a result, Chinese farmers are allowed to bring their produce to more lucrative international markets.
““In launching this new plan, the whole of China is planting a seed for a chemical free future,” said Bahuet at the launching event.