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Chlorpyrifos Country Situation Report for Belarus
Preparations based on chlorpyrifos are actively used in agriculture in Belarus. As of September 2022, the State Register of Plant Protection Products and Fertilizers registered eight plant-protection products with chlorpyrifos as the main active ingredient.
These preparations are used by business entities, but many are also available at retail stores, which allows for their use on private household plots, cottage plots, etc.
Belarus does not produce chlorpyrifos-containing products but imports them from Russia, India, Austria, Bulgaria, and Belgium. No centralized statistics account for the exact volume of imports of chlorpyrifos-based preparations. Official imports of organophosphorus insecticides (including chlorpyrifos) in 2021 were about 373 tons.
The analysis of the data presented in this work shows that in 13.3% of cases after the use of chlorpyrifos in agriculture, its residues are found in the products. In many cases, the residual amounts of chlorpyrifos in the products exceed the maximum permissible levels.
A comparative analysis of national drinking water safety indicators and the international, regional and national standards of developed countries showed that there are no safety requirements for chlorpyrifos in drinking water in Belarus.
This project relates to the Sustainable Development Goals 2, 3, 6, 8, 14, and 15.
Special thanks to Dr. Olga Speranskaya and EECCA Regional Hub Eco-Accord for their important contributions to the development and finalization of the project.
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