Discussion on Agrochemicals Continues in El Salvador

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.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

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 .

Angel Ibarra, president of the Ecological Unit of El Salvador, said that the 11 products that are intended to be sold in the country cause the most poisoning and have the most sales.

Meanwhile, Salvador Menendez, mayor of San Luis Talpa, criticized the fact that President Funes initially supported banning certain pesticides in the country and then decided to remove from 11 of them from the Decree in order to allow their sale.

The ban arose after the death of people in recent years due to renal failure in the municipality of San Luis Talpa, apparently due to pesticides, however, this was ruled out by experts at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden.

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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.

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.

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: Use of 53 Chemicals Banned

September 2013

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

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.

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