Agribusiness most polluting sector in Tunisia | Tunisia News Gazette

Agribusiness most polluting sector in Tunisia

The activity of agrifood industries is the most polluting sector in Tunisia, according to a report published by the National Agency for Environmental Protection (ANPE), specifying that 94 infringements were recorded following 452 control operations in this sector.

According to this report, the performance of the Pollution Control Directorate has improved by 72.69% in the first half of 2017 compared to the previous year.

Similarly, the number of infringements increased by 7.57% in 2017 (against 6.27% in 2016), while the rate of reports recorded has increased by 87.68%.

During the first six months of the current year, the Agency carried out 3,195 inspections, of which 242 were recorded.

Control operations have focused on several sectors, including chemical industries, ports and sewage treatment plants.

Miscellaneous activities are the second most polluting sector with 52 infringements (out of a total of 1,500 control operations), followed by the construction materials, ceramics and glass industries (33 out of a total of 328 control operations), and miscellaneous industries (18 offenses).

The Nabeul governorate ranks first in terms of the number of recorded offenses (24), followed by Kairouan (33), Tataouine (20) and Tunis (17).

No infringement was recorded in the governorate of Tozeur after 20 control operations.

These results have just been published, at a time when the Advisory Committee on the Depollution Fund (Fodep) is resuming its meetings after a 7-year suspension.

Fodep funds pollution control projects in the industrial sector, with premiums up to 20% of the value of the investment, and credit on preferential terms of up to 50% of the value of the investment.

Source: TAP News Agency

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