A national inventory of obsolete pesticide stocks in Tajikistan, recently carried out by FAO Turkey, demonstrated that there are a lot of mixed-unknown stocks in the country. In order to prepare well for repackaging and subsequent destruction of the obsolete pesticides it is necessary to identify the different substances.
In the frame of the GEF UNEP DDT project Demonstrating and Scaling Up Sustainable Alternatives to DDT for the Control of Vector Borne Diseases in Southern Caucasus and Central Asia, Milieukontakt went to Tajikistan in December to sample two sites where repackaging of 60 tonnes of DDT and associated waste is planned to take place this spring. The samples are currently being analyzed at RIKILT laboratory at Wageningen University, The Netherlands.
Together with the Committee for Environmental Protection under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan, Milieukontakt and project partners are preparing the construction of an Intermediate Central Storage to store the repacked pesticides. Ultimate destruction of the stocks will have to be carried out by future projects.