methyl-bromide.jpgThe Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Management says concerted efforts are required to deal with the issue of harmful pesticides and industrial chemicals so as to protect human health and the environment.
 
Pollutants, among them DDT and Methyl Bromide, have potential to cause cancer, damage the nervous system, reproductive system, immune system as well as livers of animals and human beings and are categorised under the Persistent Organic Pollutants.

 

In an interview, National Project Coordinator on Persistent Organic Pollutants, Ms Farirai Magadzire, said the problem of persistent organic pollutants is quite severe in the country as they travel long distances through the air and water and are bio-accumulative in fatty tissue of living organisms.

 

Since 2009, a total number of 21 pesticides and industrial chemicals were identified and listed as persistent organic pollutants that the world has to deal with and replace with alternatives.

 

Ms Magadzire said her ministry is in the process of developing a National Implementation Plan to enable the country to implement its obligation under the Stockholm Convention which Zimbabwe signed.

After realising the harmful effects of persistent organic pollutants, world governments came together to deliberate on how best to manage these pollutants.

 

In 2001 the governments adopted the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants. The aim of the Stockholm Convention is to restrict and eliminate the production, use, release and storage of these persistent organic pollutants.