Agrochemicals Ban Back on the Table

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.

Monday, May 23, 2016

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.

See also: "More Flexible Law on Chemicals in El Salvador"

"Representatives from the agricultural sector have expressed concern since, according to them, no technical evaluation is being made of the impacts that could come from the elimination of some chemical elements used to grow their crops."

Luis Treminio, President of the Chamber Association of Small and Medium Agricultural (Campo) Producers, said "... 'It is contradictory to what they want to do. How will they ban farmers in the country from using these agrochemicals, they will cause people stop producing crops and will continue importing products such as fruits and vegetables, which come from countries where these agrochemicals are not prohibited'."

Elsalvador.com adds that "...According to representatives from the agricultural sector, several of the products to be fully banned are needed for crop development. For example, in the case of the coffee sector one of the elements most often used is the insecticide Endosulfan, which is used to control the coffee borer beetle. "

More on this topic

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.

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 .

Losses in Agriculture Due to Chemicals Ban

September 2013

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

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.

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.

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