THE Pest Control Association of Fiji (PCAF) has defended its members after claims from a recent workshop that some pesticides used in supermarkets were not effective in bringing down pest population.
The workshop conducted last week by the Ministry of Health and the Nasinu Town Council revealed pest population in supermarkets were not decreasing because of ineffective pesticides.
"Our association has been highlighting issues of back yard operators. They have poor knowledge of the products, usage, rodent and pest biology and treatment techniques," PCAF president Mohammed Tazim said.
He said it wasn't the pesticide that was ineffective, but rather the lack of knowledge on the application of pesticide, which had been a factor in poor control.
Mr Tazim said all 15 PCAF members had proper training, certification and experience in carrying out pest control in supermarkets and with their clients.