Jan. 12, 2012
Ethiopia is set to export about 15 tonnes of the banned pesticide, DDT, to Botswana, it has been revealed.
This follows a recent suspension on the use of the pesticide by the Horn of Africa nation, which cited adverse effects of human health and the environment as reasons for the decision.
Adami Tulu Pesticide, a state owned company has huge stocks of DDT, which it will reportedly sell to Botswana at US$4.50 per kilogramme.
It is estimated the company has 450 tonnes of DDT in stock.
The US led a worldwide ban on the use of DDT as a pesticide in 1972 following reports of adverse side effects on humans.
However, Ethiopia along with a few other countries continued the use of DDT in the fight against malaria.
Activists have demanded that the ban be lifted, in order to allow the use DDT in the elimination of malaria, especially in developing countries.
More than half of the estimated 80 million people in Ethiopia are said to be at risk of contracting malaria.
According to the World Health Organisation some countries still use DDT to fight malaria.
The disease killed over half a million people worldwide last year, most of them in Africa.
There was no immediate confirmation from Botswana about the planned export.