The use of pesticides for effective pests control has generated a lot of concerns relating to public health and environmental pollution. With the new European Union (EU) Legislation on Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) allowed on cocoa beans and its products, efforts are now intensified to seek measures towards its reduction. The Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria (CRIN) has the mandate to screen and recommend potential cocoa pesticides and spraying equipment in Nigeria. The Institute has screened and recommended many of these pesticides and equipment in the past. However, with the new EU Legislation on MRLs allowed on cocoa beans and products, some of the pesticides still undergoing screening and the previously recommended pesticides were banned. This new regulation, which came into effect September 1, 2008, has left very few pesticides for use on cocoa both on farm and post farm activities in Nigeria.
Key words: Pests, residue, legislation, equipment, environment, hazard, pollution.
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