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Pesticide Regulation Brings Laos in Line with World Standards
Vientiane Times, 28 January 2011

Laos has made a significant step towards better pesticide control through new regulations set by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry with support from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

A workshop was held yesterday in Vientiane to inform a broad range of stakeholders of the current pesticide management situation in Laos and introduce the new regulation and its implications.

“The regulation is an important tool for regulating activities related to pesticides including their import, export, transit, trade and use in Laos. Proper regulatory control of pesticides is an important factor in enhancing food safety and obtaining World Trade Organisation accession,” said Director General of the Ministry's Department of Agriculture, Dr Monthathip Chanphenxay.

“This new regulation is another milestone in the implementation of government policies to bring the control of pesticide use in Laos in line with the international framework for the control of pesticides,” United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Representative to Laos, Mr Serge Verniau, said at the meeting.

He added that it was time to renew the regulation to better reflect international development, broaden the context and address shortcomings from implementation of the first regulation.

The first regulation on the control and use of pesticides was promulgated by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in 1992, and revised in 1998 and 2000.

Pesticide management in Laos showed a need for strengthened legislation after assessment by a technical team from the Department of Agriculture with assistance from FAO.

An earlier draft was reviewed at a workshop to enable stakeholders to comment on the new text, and the final version was promulgated on February 10 last year.

Printed copies that contain both Lao and English versions are available from the Department of Agriculture.

Control of pesticides in Laos has been placed in a broader context thanks to collaboration between relevant government sectors, notably departments within the Ministries of Agriculture and Forestry, Health, Industry and Commerce and Justice and the Environmental Agency.

Ministries involved with pesticide use or control, representatives of the private sector, NGOs and development partners attended the workshop, which was funded with assistance from FAO and organised by the Department of Agriculture.

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