The First African Congress on Pesticides and Toxicology Sciences

A conference organized by the African Network for Chemical Analysis of Pesticides (ANCAP) and University of Gezira (U of G)

Saturday 8th to Tuesday 11th November 2008

University of Gezira (U of G), Faculty of Agricultural Sciences (FAS),  Department of Pesticides & Toxicology, Neshishieba, Wad Medani, Gezira State, The Sudan

 

FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT

Theme: Judicious use of Pesticides for future Generations

 

BACKGROUND

African economies are heavily dependent on agriculture, in which, even under the most environment friendly approach to pest control (IPM), the use of pesticides is deemed necessary. This is more so because climatic conditions favor the survival of many species including those of pests. But, according to FAO, many pesticides that have been banned or whose use has been severely restricted in industrialized countries are sill marketed and used in developing countries, especially Africa. FAO and WHO warned that ca. 30% of the pesticides marketed (>$300 million) in developing countries, including Africa are poor-quality and do not meet international standards and specifications. These chemicals pose serious risks to health of millions of farmers and the environment. Concurrently, the amount of toxic waste stemming from obsolete pesticides in developing countries has now been acknowledged to be much higher than previously estimated with Africa alone having about 120,000 tons (up from the previous estimate of 50,000 tons) of the estimated 500,000 tons worldwide. In many developing countries, the management of pesticides is often inadequate, due to lack of resources. Consequently, many of these countries suffer from weak import controls, poor storage and stock management, and a lack of training in proper pesticide use. Thus, even some products, which can be safely used in developed countries, may be impossible to use safely under developing country conditions. There is, thus, a dire need to study and monitor all aspects of pesticides in Africa, hence, the conference which will, hopefully, be the first in a series of many.

 

 

VENUE

     The conference will be held at the Premises of the main campus of the University of Gezira (U of G), Wad Medani, 1 km from the great Blue Nile, 184 km south of Khartoum (3 hr drive), the capital city of the Sudan where the Blue Nile and the White Nile meet to form the Great Nile going north to Egypt. Wad Medani is the capital city of the Gezira State, the home of the famous Gezira Scheme, the biggest scheme in the world under one administration, which was established 1927. The state also hosts the biggest industrial area represented by GIAD city for heavy industries, Guineid Sugar Factory, several textile factories and tanneries. The state also borders El Dindir Animal Reserve/park. During November the weather is sunny and pleasant with a mean mid-day temperatures averaging 27 C with low humidity.

Transportation from Khartoum Airport to Wad Medani and back will be available for those coming from abroad (free of charge). Participant must inform the organizing committee of their itinerary.

Entry visa can be issued from Sudanese Embassy; those who require letters for visas must contact the LOC. Participants who don not have Sudanese Embassies in their countries must apply 45 days before their arrival for a visa to be issued on  arrival.

 

LANGUAGE

       The official language of the congress is English; abstracts and papers in French and Arabic are accepted. Translation will be available during sessions

 

THEMES

 

I. PESTICIDES:  Insecticides, acaricides, miticides, herbicides, fungicides, bactericides, algicides, nematicides, rodenticides, avicides, mulluscicides, repellents, attractants, chemosterilants, growth regulators/inhibitors, etc., Pesticide chemistry (synthesis, analysis, etc), Pesticide formulations (preparation, specifications, analysis), Botanicals, Regulations, Pesticides in IPM, Control of vector borne diseases, Control of agricultural pests, Effect on natural enemies, Effect on non-targets, Pesticide application (equipment, techniques, etc.)

 

 

II. TOXICOLOGY: Mode of action, Site of action, Toxicity, metabolism, Antidotes, Ecotoxicology, Applied toxicology, Forensic toxicology, Veterinary toxicology, Environmental Toxicology,  Pesticide residues (detection & analysis), Risk assessment, Resistance

 

III. POLLUTION: Ecology of pesticides, Pesticide MRLs and international trade, Environmental fate and effects, Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), Persistent Toxic Substances (PTS), Food toxicants and contaminants

 

IV. DDT and malaria control

 

 

LOCAL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE (LOC)

 

Chairperson: Prof. Nabil H.H. Bashir

Secretary: Dr. Yousif O.H. Assad

(Head, Dept. of Pesticides & Toxicology)

Department of Pesticides & Toxicology, Faculty of Agric. Sciences, U. of Gezira, Wad Medani, Gezira State, Sudan; +249912217009 (mobile) +249-511-840466 (Fax) P.O. Box 20; e-mail : yousifassad@maktoob.com; assad_toxic@yahoo.com

       Treasurer: Prof. Yousif F. Mohamed

(Dean Faculty of Agric. Sciences)

Members:

Prof. Hassan O. Kanan (ARC)

Dr. Hyder A. Mohamed (ARC)

      Prof. Abdelazim B. Zeidan (U of G)

  Dr. Faiza E.S. Mohamed (U of G)

Mr. Elhag M. Medani    (U of G)

 Mr. Kamal Y. Mohamed (SAGA)

              Dr. Azhari O. Abdelbagi (U of Khartoum)

                                          Prof. Elamin M. Elamin (ARC)

                                    Dr. Sief Eldin M. Khair (U of S for Science & Technol.)

                       Mr. Khidir Gibriel Musa (Director General, PPD)

                       

 

 

 

REGIONAL ORGANIZERS: http://www.ancap.org/

1. Prof. M.A. Kishimba   (Tanzania);

kishimba@chem.udsm.ac.tz; ancap@chem.udsm.ac.tz ;

 mobile +255 787 110388

Chemistry Department, University of Dar es Salaam,

P.O. Box 35061,

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

 

2. Prof. S.O. Wandiga    (Kenya)

sowangiga@iconnect.co.ke  

 

3. Prof. B. Kiremire       (Uganda)

kiremire@chemistry.mak.ac.ug ;

 mobile: + 256 772589313

Chemistry Department, Makerere University,

P.O. Box 7062,

 Kampala, Uganda.

 

4. Prof. N.H.H. Bashir    (Sudan);

bashirnabil@hotmail.com; bashirnabil@yahoo.com;

Department of Pesticides & Toxicology,

 Faculty of Agric. Sciences, U. of Gezira, Wad Medani,

Gezira State, Sudan

 P.O. Box 20;

mobile +249-918223569

 Head of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC).

 

5. Prof.  M. Zaranyika     (Zimbabwe)

zaranyika@science.uz.ac.zw

Chemistry Department, University of Zimbabwe

P.O. Box : MP 167 Mount Pleasant

Harare, Zimbabwe

6. Prof. G.N. Kamau      (Kenya)

7. Dr. N. Megresa           (Ethiopia)

 

 

 

 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS AND PAPERS

Abstracts showing title, author and affiliation should be submitted electronically (e-mail attachment) to the contacts listed below by August 30th 2008. The author (s) must indicate whether it will be presented orally (15 minutes) or as a poster. Abstract should not exceed 300 words. Accepted abstracts must be followed by a full-text, which will be subjected to refereeing by a scientific committee and published in the congress proceedings.

REGISTRATION FEES
The registration fee is US$ 100, students US$ 50.

For Sudanese Participants : SDP 100; students SDP 50.

           

 

ACCOMODATION

Hotel accommodation is available in various hotels in town (3 stars) and ranges between 30 and 50 US$. Participants may request the organizers to help in making reservations.

 

FURTHER INQUIRIES

 

Prof. Nabil H.H. Bashir

+249 918223569 (Mobile)

+249-511-840466 (Fax)

bashirnabil@hotmail.com

bashirnabil@yahoo.com

 

 

Dr. Yousif O.H. Assad

+249912217009 (mobile)

+249-511-840466 (Fax)

yousifassad@maktoob.com

assad_toxic@yahoo.com