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