Nicaragua: Complaints Over Lack of Agrochemicals

The list of chemicals whose importation was banned in March includes some identified as the most appropriate for their cost-effectiveness and to address the effects of El Niño on crops.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Reiterating that the prohibitory rule was established unilaterally, the Nicaraguan Association of Formulators and Distributors of Agrochemicals, ANIFODA requested space with the government to demonstrate the impact that the lack of these products will have on farming and specifically on the 2014 - 2015 harvest . In particular they asked for "... experts to be allowed to come and speak on the cost-benefit of the seven agrochemicals that have been banned in the country, and from this decide whether or not to prevent their distribution."

According review, Orontes Lacayo, President of the Nicaraguan Association of Formulators and Distributors of Agrochemicals (ANIFODA) states that ... these products are needed to improve production yields, especially in this year which is linked to a lot of questions over the possible effects of the presence of El Niño. One of the products that was banned is known as chlorpyrifos, which prevents soil insects from eat the seeds before they germinate ... 200,000 liters of the product used to come into the country every year, only about 80,000 managed to gain access to the country because they had already been ordered in and were on their way. Lacayo said that the most that can be covered with this chlorpyrifos is 40% of the crops. "

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