Nicaragua: Businesses Oppose Chemical Control

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

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The National Commission of Registration and Control of Toxic Substances created by the Government in February, restricted from coming into the country 12 agrochemicals. Agricultural unions are asking the Office of the President for this restriction to be reversed, because among other things, this has resulted in losses of $1.4 million from the purchase of products that can no longer be used.

"Shipments are on the way because the products have to be in the country in late April for farmers to prepare land for the next planting season which begins in May."

Insecticides which have been banned from entering include: "carbofuran, terbufos, methomyl, aldicarb, ethoprophos and endusulfan. Also restriced are chlorpyrifos, paraquat, aluminum forfuro, brodicofuma, bromadiola and flocoumafen".



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