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ADEX warns agro-exporters about a powerful agrochemical that will not be able to enter the US

The Exporters Association (ADEX) He asked the members of the food production chains to stop using pesticides with chlorpyrifos chemicals, in order to guarantee the safety of the national supply of agro-exports.

This is due to the fact that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will prohibit the import of food with residues of the chemical chlorpyrifos (used in pesticides) as of February 28, 2022.

Susana Yturry Farge, manager of Agro-exports at ADEX, explained that the North American country led the ranking of the destinations of the traditional and value-added agricultural basket with US$2,549 million between January and November 2021. Some of the most requested items were blueberries, grapes, asparagus, avocados and wilkings (citrus).

In addition, in 2020, Peru was the first global exporter of blueberries, quinoa and fresh asparagus and the second of canned grapes and asparagus, therefore, and in order to maintain that leadership, it is essential to continue training producers already the entire supply chain of agricultural inputs.

“Traceability must be reinforced, returns avoided and Peru’s image maintained as a reliable food supplier,” said Yturry.

Coffee and cocoa against chlorpyrifos

Since February 16, 2020, the European Commission made official the prohibition of the use of chlorpyrifos and methylchlorpyrifos, due to its negative effects on the consumer and the environment.

In the opinion of the director of the Peruvian Cocoa Alliance, José Yturríos Padilla, technology currently reveals traces of harmful substances even in minimal quantities, so it is best to stop using those that represent a risk.

“We are against the use of pesticides and insecticides, as they could contaminate our cocoa, which has positioned itself very well abroad. Instead, we promote biological controllers (natural enemies such as predators, parasitoids, entomopathogens and antagonists)”, he detailed.

Along these lines, the president of the Coffee and Cocoa Committee of the business association, José Mejía Polanco, urged institutions such as the National Agricultural Health Service (Senasa) and the General Directorate of Environmental Health (Digesa) to ensure food safety. .

“We must contribute to the work of raising awareness among the members of the agricultural sector. For the time being, Senasa has promised to create a working group to deal with this issue”, he emphasized.


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