Optimizing Pesticide Use
The guidance program of CAPL in 2009
Facts About Pesticides
Crops and food stuff attack by a wide spectrum of pests (insect, acarose, nematodes, fungi and bacteria). These pests reduce the quality and quantity of food by interfering with food production and producing physical damage to crops and food stuff. In addition, pests also may cause damage to human by spreading disease and as nuisance by their presence where man does not want them.
As the demand on food increase parallel with the increase in human population, people find a need to minimize the existence and/or damage of pests. There are three main ways to minimize the existence and/or control pest's damage: the first way is by mechanical control in which, we physically preventing the pest from causing the damage by removing/isolating the pest from the site of attack or by physically debilitating the pest.
The second way is by using other organisms control pest or render harmless the technology that refer to biological control
And finally we can use the chemical pesticides to control pests the process that generally called chemical control.
A pesticide is any substance or mixture of substances intended for preventing, destroying, repelling, or mitigating any pest. The term pesticide also applies to herbicides, fungicides, and various other substances used to control pests.
Despite the benefits of using pesticides for pest control, caution should be taken when transport, handle, or apply pesticides as pesticides can cause harm to humans, animals, or the environment because they are designed to kill or otherwise adversely affect living organisms.
In the Environmental protection Agency (EPA) of the United State the are about 600 active ingredients registered as pesticide. In Egypt only 185 active ingredients legally registered. These registered active ingredients are included in more than 335 formulated pesticides. Read more >>
Alliance and Collaboration with Enforcement Bodies to Alleviate Counterfeiting and Illegal trade of Pesticides in Egypt Workshops
Prof. Dr. Ayman Abo-Hadeed Head of Agricultural Research Center approved the initiative of Prof. Dr. Moneer Almaz to coordinate with Croplife Egypt to conduct 4 workshops to ally and collaborate with enforcement bodies to alleviate counterfeiting and illegal trade of pesticides in Egypt More details
Central Agricultural Pesticides Laboratory
During the last 38 years CAPL had built a special Experience in the field of pesticides' research and quality insurance. CAPL was established in 1970 according to an agreement between the Egyptian government and FAO in 1959. The purpose was to regulate pesticide use in Egypt by covering the different activities of Agricultural pesticides, using row material in manufacturing formulation and fulfill the registration requirement in addition to offering the technical help in field of pesticides use and disseminating information about the wise use of pesticides throughout the region. Read more >>
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Using pesticides for pest control provides many benefits. However, pesticides can be hazardous if not use safely. Almost all pesticides are toxic chemical. They differ only in the degree of toxicity.
Toxicity may refer to as the capacity of a compound to cause harm to a living organism.In general some pesticides are more toxic than other and in all cases the toxicity is dose-related. So pesticides are potentially dangerous to people if exposure is high.
Toxic effect of pesticides may result from exposure to a single dose (refer to as acute toxicity) or from exposure low doses for long lime (which is refer to as chronic toxicity). Therefore, understanding the toxicity of pesticide product and the potential for personal exposure allows reducing pesticides risk. In all cases and before handling, mixing loading or applying pesticides we should read the label directions completely. The toxicity of pesticide is reflected by the color of the package's label and by a signal words. For safety we recommended choose and use pesticides that have low relative toxicity (green and blue label pesticides) whenever that possible. In addition, for anyone who will come in contact with pesticides, personal exposure should be the major concern. Wearing protective clothing and equipment when handling or applying pesticides reduces the risk of pesticide poisoning and adverse effects by reducing the risk of exposure. Read more >>>
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Accreditation for the ISO/IEC 17025 – 2005 What's beyond? New Ministerial Decree for regulating pesticides registration and use CaplStar, New attractive substance for control Fruit fly Encapsulated pesticides: advantages and disadvantage And more