Coffee Growers Oppose Chemicals Ban

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.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

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. "At the moment there is no substitute, we would have to order in from an international laboratory," said Borgonovo referring to the chemical endosulfan. This product is used for controlling the coffee berry borer pest.

In relation to herbicides, both Borgonovo as well as Marcelino Samayoa, director of ABECAFE agree that you cannot depend on labor dedicated to removing weeds. While these chemicals are applied twice a year, removing weeds with a machete requires twice as much effort.

For its part, the National Executive Council (COENA) asked President Mauricio Funes to study the decree banning the use of these 53 pesticides and fertilizers because they are working against the country's agricultural sector.

"The call is for there to be a lot of research carried out and that prior to sanctioning, vetoing or monitoring them, there be observations of the impact that it will have in the medium and long term, not only in relation to the issue of food security, but also in relation to economics" said Ricardo Esmahán, COENA member.



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Agrochemicals Ban Back on the Table

May 2016

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.

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 .

More Flexible Law on Chemicals in El Salvador

October 2013

President Funes sent the Law on Pesticide Control back to Congress, arguing the need to adapt it to reality.

From a press release from the Presidency of El Salvador:

The President, Mauricio Funes, using his constitutional powers, sent today to the Legislature observations on Legislative Decree No. 473, regarding the amendments to the Law on the Control of Pesticides, Fertilizers and Products for Agricultural Use.

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.

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