Losses in Agriculture Due to Chemicals Ban

Businessmen from the Salvadoran agricultural sector remarked that the measure could cause a 60% drop in production.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The warning came from the international organization CropLife, which is a member of the Agricultural Suppliers Association (APA) of El Salvador. "The FAO has said that without the use of pesticides, you run the risk of losing between 40% and 60% of the harvest, and this not only true in El Salvador, but around the world," said Martin Zuniga, CropLife regional director for Central America and the Caribbean.

"... While they are still discussing the possibility of adding to the list of banned chemicals, the EPA warned that the measure would jeopardize about 700 thousand acres of sorghum, maize, beans, sugar cane and coffee".

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Members of the ruling party in El Salvador have once again taken up the issue of the proposed banning, without any technical foundation, of the use of 53 agrochemicals in the country.

Although in 2013 the Executive made observations on the decree purporting to completely prohibit the use of the 53 products , arguing that some were already prohibited by international standards and asking for scientific studies for the remaining, once again there has been an attempt to pass the measure without taking into account its effects on agriculture.

Coffee Growers Oppose Chemicals Ban

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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.

Nicaragua: Businesses Oppose Chemical Control

March 2014

An agricultural union is claiming losses of $1.4 million because of purchase of pesticides that the government decided to restrict.  

The National Commission of Registration and Control of Toxic Substances created by the Government in February, restricted from coming into the country 12 agrochemicals.

Discussion on Agrochemicals Continues in El Salvador

October 2013

Congress supports the sale of 11 out of 53 of the banned pesticides but experts believe that these are the ones that cause the most damage.

MPs "... still have not reached an agreement regarding the comments made by the President, Mauricio Funes, on a reform to the Law on Control of Pesticides, Fertilizers and Products for Agricultural Use", noted an article in Laprensagrafica.com .

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