El Salvador: Use of 53 Chemicals Banned

Despite opinions to the contrary, the new law includes Paraquat, Glyphosate and Endosulfan in the list of chemicals banned from use in agricultural production.

Friday, September 6, 2013

From a press release by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources:

With 45 votes in favor, members of the FMLN, Unidos por El salvador and GANA approved the amendment of a Law on the control of pesticides, fertilizers and products for agricultural use, which allows the prohibition of 53 chemicals in El Salvador.

Among the list of the 53 chemicals are Paraquat, Glyphosate and Endosulfan, which caused controversy among right-wing deputies. Deputy Mario Ponce, of the Alianza Republicana Nacionalista (ARENA) party, opposed these substances being on the list, however, he did not have the support of other MPs.

Nery Diaz, deputy of the Frente Farabundo Martí party (FMLN) defended the opinion on the grounds that paraquat is related to an increase in renal diseases.

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El Salvador: Confirmation to Be Given on Ban of Agrochemicals

November 2013

The Legislature will not accept Presidential comments on Act 53 which prohibits the use of agrochemicals, and will only increase the timeframe for their withdrawal.

The Committee on the Environment and Climate Change in Congress has set a deadline of one year for a ban on the sale of the pesticide "Paraquat" and two years for other products.

El Salvador Passes Increased Bonuses for Private Employees

June 2013

The regulation increases the size of the "aguinaldo" (extra salary at the end of the year), depending on the number of worked years.

Those who have been working in a company for between 1 and 3 years will receive 15 days worth of 'aguinaldo' (end of year salary payment), those with between 3 and 10 years will receive 19 days worth of aguinaldo, and those who have worked for more than 10 years, will receive 21 days worth of aguinaldo.

Coffee Growers Oppose Chemicals Ban

September 2013

Salvadoran coffee growers have asked for a review of the rule stating that there arent any alternative measures which provide the same levels of efficiency and coverage.

According to the president of the Association of Coffee Producers (ABECAFE), Carlos Borgonovo, the congressional initiative threatens the quality and quantity of the grain harvest.

El Salvador Moves Towards "Open Skies"

October 2013

There has been a favourable response to the bill establishing an open skies policy based on reciprocity with states and airlines.

From a press release by the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador:

The Commission of Public Works, Transport and Housing of the Legislative Assembly, reached a favourable ruling regarding the reform to the Civil Aviation Act, to establish in the country a "Open Skies Policy" and create greater competitiveness in the airlines market with fares which are more accessible to users.

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