Stay away from illegal pesticides: SM

The posters have already been placed in buildings in Al Majaz and Jamal Abdul Nasser Street areas. (Supplied)

Sharjah Municipality has intensified its campaign against the illegal use of pesticide in the emirate, asking residents to inform about any person or company selling the prohibited chemicals.

In order to ensure that residents do not fall prey to companies and individuals selling illegal insect-killing products, it is circulating posters of illegal brands, placing them in the buildings in different parts of the emirate.

The posters have already been placed in buildings in Al Majaz and Jamal Abdul Nasser Street areas, urging people to inform the police on 999 in case of violation of local laws.

“Misuse of pesticides or seeking the services of non-professionals to apply these pesticides can pose danger to the health of individuals. If you come across any person or company selling or applying the pesticides showed in the picture, please report that to the police on 999,” reads the campaign poster placed at the entrance of the buildings in the areas.

Illegal pesticides pictured on the poster are Phostoxin, Pesguard, Quickphos and brown-coloured tablets to kill insects, bugs and cockroaches.

In December last year, Dr. Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahad, UAE’s Minister of Environment and Water, issued a ministerial decree for governing registration and import of pesticides.

The new resolution prohibits the distribution of any pesticide without proper registration from the ministry.

Further, banned pesticides cannot be registered or imported into the state, while companies are barred from using pesticides without the ministry’s approval.

The local authorities in the UAE have repeatedly issues alerts and warnings against the use of illegal pesticides or residents approaching companies or individuals engaged in such unlawful activities.

The insecticides used should meet the health and environmental standards and technical requirements in order to prevent potential risks involved in using these products.