|…as schools receive awards for awareness cornersProper storage and sale of chemicals in Guyana remain causes for concern for the Ministry of Agriculture, and in an effort to raise even more awareness, the Pesticide and Toxic Chemical Control Board (PCTCB) which has direct responsibilities for monitoring pesticides has been playing the lead role in executing sensitization campaigns ensuring compliance with the safety standards recommended by the Board.As such, the board carried out a Pesticide Awareness Corner in Secondary Schools and proper pesticide storage competitions were held.This saw schools being honoured for their contribution yesterday at an Award Ceremony at the De Impeccable Banquet Hall,China Jerseys Cheap, Brickdam where Fort Wellington, Wakapoa, Patentia, and Central Corentyne? Secondary Schools benefited from consolation prizes.This year, Corentyne Comprehensive Secondary came out the winner- benefiting from $100,000 in farming equipment and a trophy. The second and third places were awarded to Zeeburg and Charity Secondary Schools respectively.? Geddes Grant (Guyana) Limited won the prize for best storage facility in Guyana.The competition has been running for the last five years and encompasses certain criteria which schools were expected to fulfill. Among these were: creativity, size of pesticide awareness corner,Discount Nike NFL Jerseys, use of language, flow of chart, students’ participation, and use of materials given to them.Delivering the feature address, Agriculture Minister Dr. Leslie Ramsammy underscored the importance of proper storage and sale of chemicals,Air Max 90 Pas Cher Destockage, alluding to the fact that while it is not the main cause, easy access of the substance has been one of the contributing factors of suicide cases.He added that while pesticides boast opportunities such as improved yields, improper usage can be detrimental.“We as a country must understand that pesticide kills, regardless of its usage. We must understand that improper use of chemicals is a cause for concern and while much has been done over the years to raise awareness and reduce the number of deaths,Fc Bayern Trikot G??nstig, there is still room for improvement,China Jerseys Cheap,” he said.Minister Ramsammy stated that specific attention must be placed on safer storage of pesticides and called on users to comply with all safety rules and regulations.Presently, Guyana remains one of a few countries which possess an entity such as the Pesticide Board which is tasked with the responsibility of regulating the importation, sale, use,Air Max 90 Baratas Online, and storage of toxic chemicals.“We have been tightening rules which govern the trade of pesticide and now we have made it a criminal act for someone to sell pesticide to a miner. This is necessary as we are aiming to change the way pesticide is sold in Guyana,” he said.Trecia David, Registrar of the Pesticide, and Toxic Chemical Board, in giving an overview of the programme, spoke of some of the work that the organization has been doing to raise awareness of the importance of pesticide.David pointed out that one such important method of doing this is by working with Secondary Schools, since it is vital for particularly children to be sensitized so that they understand the dangers of misuse of pesticides.“I have been to homes and seen pesticides in kitchens where the wife is cooking and so children are exposed on many occasions to chemical when they are not stored properly,” she said.