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New pesticide management guidelines issued by the United Nations
Oct 17, 2018

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has issued new guidelines for pesticide management, calling on countries to update their pesticide regulatory framework in a timely manner.

Wang Liang, Assistant Director-General of FAO's Ministry of Agriculture and Consumer Protection, said that FAO encouraged all countries to refer to these guidelines when reviewing existing pesticide legislation and labelling systems with a view to better protecting human health and the environment and promoting sustainable agricultural development.

FAO official website released news that the new guidelines elaborate on the elements contained in a sound national legal framework for pesticides, governments in drafting, reviewing and updating existing pesticide legislation can be used as a reference.

The FAO guidelines for pesticide management were published 30 years ago. Wang said that although significant progress has been made in pesticide legislation since the last guidelines were issued, pesticide management frameworks in many countries need to be updated, and FAO will focus on supporting countries to strengthen their enforcement capacity in pesticide legislation and promote integrated pest control to reduce dependence on pesticides.

The use of pesticides worldwide is increasing. Data from the FAO website show that the global pesticide market has doubled in size over the past 15 years.