Attendees during a session at the PestWorld East 2019 conference.
Shamila Jamaluddin, Staff Reporter
ABU DHABI: The PestWorld East 2019, a specialised conference addressing pest management challenges specific to the Middle East region, started on Tuesday in the capital facilitating the exchange of knowledge on a range of topics related to sustainable pest control.
The two-day conference, being held for the first time in the capital, is hosted by Abu Dhabi Waste Management Center (Tadweer) in collaboration with Ecovar, a provider of sustainable pest control solutions in the UAE, and the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) from the US.
Dr Thani Bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister for Climate Change and Environment opening the conferenc, said the UAE has launched several initiatives and implemented a host of environmental legislations in the field of pesticide management. “These include a law that bans the import, export and circulation of any kinds of pesticides unless they are registered with the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment. A second law regulates the advertising of pesticides to avoid misleading consumers.”
He added that the Ministry had established clear mechanisms to regulate the import and registration of pesticides. “In order to prevent the entry of health-threatening products into the UAE, we have issued thirty-three stringent specifications for the permitted pesticides in line with the highest international standards.”
In addition the Ministry has created an electronic database of all pesticides used in the UAE, which currently includes 395 products.
At an exhibition held on the sidelines of the conference, Tadweer is showcasing its latest innovations and equipment used for the detection and control of pest breeding sites.
“Flies create a major nuisance for customers’ homes and businesses. Flies are also capable of transmitting many pathogens that threaten human and animal health. The purpose designed formulation of Zyrox fly granular bait remains highly palatable for many weeks after bait placement.
After four weeks exposed to environmental conditions, Zyrox still maintained 100 per cent control of flies within twenty four hours of treatment.
Al Jazira head coach Damien Hertog says his team is more than capable of maintaining their recent momentum when they face Dibba in Friday’s Arabian Gulf League clash.
Under the new partnership between the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and du La Liga High Performance Centre, 2 players from each of the four clubs Al Jazira, Al Wahda, Baniyas, Al Dhafra and Al Ain will join the du LaLiga HPC summer programme.
Stephane Peterhansel and Sam Sunderland retain lead after a day of drama in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (ADDC) set the scene for a thrilling last leg sweeping back to the UAE capital.
One of the UK’s pre-eminent big show veterans, Oli ‘The Big Shot’ Thompson will square off against Tarek Suleiman from Syria in a high-profile light heavyweight championship bout to held as part of the 6th edition of the MMA fight series UAE Warriors scheduled to take place at the Mubadala Arena in Abu Dhabi on Friday.
The weather on Saturday is expected to be fair to partly cloudy in general, especially over the sea and some eastern and western areas with a probability of some light rainfall, according to The National Centre of Meteorology (NCM).
Lebanon marked 76 years of self-rule on Friday, with nationwide festivities by protesters taking centre stage in place of the traditional military parade to mark a first year of “real independence.”
The Dubai Police investigated 655 fire incidents since the beginning of 2019, including 28 premeditated incidents, compared to 726 during the same period in 2018, according to the first expert Ahmed Mohammed Ahmed,
The Integrated Transport Centre (ITC) at the Department of Municipalities and Transport has accomplished the traffic improvement project on Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Street (Eastern Mangroves Road) with a length of 10km, one lane, at a cost of Dhs97.5 million.