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Paraguay to remove obsolete agchems

Paraguay has begun the removal of 150 tonnes of obsolete pesticides this month. The government and UN FAO project is to “eliminate the toxic remains and contaminated material” generated by a 2003 fire at an official cotton and tobacco inspection office over the next 60 days. The project is part-financed by Japan. “These obsolete pesticides will be packed into chemical corrosion-resistant drums, and will be sent onto England to be destroyed,” an FAO official says. The project team found that Paraguay had over 5,000 tonnes of obsolete pesticides. The national plant health and seed quality service, the Senave, says the authorities have trained pesticide users, and will spread its programmes in safe pesticide use to “avoid the build up of further toxic arsenals”.

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