Chlordecone: the agricultural high school informs its students about solutions for producing safely

Chlordecone: the agricultural high school informs its students about solutions for producing safely
Chlordecone: the agricultural high school informs its students about solutions for producing safely

The agricultural high school celebrates and celebrates nature! The agro-campus offered an information day, this Friday, May 24, on chlordecone around the theme: ”Pa ni rimèd pou klordécon, mè ni solisyon”.

They are the future producers, farmers, researchers, senior technicians of Guadeloupe and they were invited, this Friday, May 24, to their establishment, in order to discuss the problem of chlordecone. This information day was organized in collaboration with the prefecture, as part of the “Chlordecone IV Plan”.

As we know, pollution by chlordecone, this pesticide used in Guadeloupe and Martinique from 1972 to 1993 to fight against the banana weevil, constitutes, by its scale and its persistence over time, a health, environmental, agricultural, economic and social for the Antilles. This toxic and very persistent molecule in soils is likely to contaminate certain plant or animal foodstuffs as well as aquatic environments.

This chlordecone IV plan (2021-2027), launched on February 24, 2021, aims to act together – State, local authorities and civil society – to best protect the West Indian population from chlordecone pollution, and to take responsible for the impacts linked to this pollution. It aims to continue and strengthen the measures already undertaken to reduce the exposure of populations to chlordecone in Guadeloupe and Martinique, as well as to deploy appropriate support measures, while ensuring that the needs of the population are met.

Hence the interest for school studentslocal public agricultural education and training establishment (EPLEFPA) of Guadeloupe to learn to live and work on sometimes contaminated land.

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Workshops with scientists were offered with varied themes: from contamination to decontamination of cattle, valorization of sensitive production. So much knowledge which will be useful to these future players in agriculture, who are obliged to put up with pollution.

This is an observation. This pollution is real. But there is hope because today we can think, produce, with practices that have been studied by scientists, making it possible to deal with this pollution. But, to ensure that it does not harm our health and whether it is plant or animal production, that we can “chlordeconate” and that we can produce in complete safety and while respecting our public health. .

Sylvie Pasty, director of EPLEFPA Guadeloupe Agro Campus

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