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Peru bans the use of agricultural pesticides that contain carbofuran as an active ingredient

This pesticide is already restricted and / or prohibited in various countries, precisely because of its risks to people and the environment.

10/15/2021

Senasa agents checking pesticides ingredients.

In order to contribute to the food security of Peru, central axis of the second agrarian reform promoted by MIDAGRI, the National Agrarian Health Service-SENASA, through Directorial Resolution 0061-2021-MIDAGRI-SENASA-DIAIA, prohibited the importation of Chemical pesticides for agricultural use and products containing the active ingredient CARBOFURAN, from the day after their official publication.

This provision also establishes that as of September 30, 2022, the use of this pesticide will be prohibited nationwide.

According to the danger classification of the World Health Organization, CARBOFURAN is a pesticide considered highly dangerous; It contains high risk in the aquatic environment, as well as high exposure and toxicity in species of birds and bees. This pesticide is already restricted and / or prohibited in various countries, precisely because of its risks to people and the environment.

The decision to prohibit the use of pesticides containing carbofuran is made after a risk assessment based on the recommendations of the Rotterdam Convention (which aims to protect human health and the environment, against the possible damage that these may cause. products) and also, considering that there are other pesticides registered by SENASA that are just as effective in controlling pests and constitute a lower risk.

This provision is the result of the measures that have been taken against pesticides considered "high risk"; with the technical support of the competent institutions such as the General Directorate of Agricultural Environmental Affairs (DGAAA-MIDAGRI) that determines the impact of the product on the environment and the General Directorate of Environmental Health (DIGESA-MINSA) who evaluate and determine the relevant aspects to health.

Food safety

Food security is one of the central axes of the second agrarian reform promoted by the Ministry of Agrarian Development and Irrigation; As a result of this action policy, training for small producers has been strengthened to apply Good Agricultural Practices and thus reduce the use of pesticides in the production of their crops, noting that chemical control should only be applied in a complementary manner. to the other types of control, but never exclusively.

The process of this work has been promoted hand in hand with the producers; achieving that to date, there is a total of 94,800 hectares of conventional production in the transition process to achieve its organic certification. The process takes between two to three years, so if this evaluation is achieved, they will be able to add to the 464,000 hectares of organic production that already exist today.

In this way, through legal provisions and field work, synergies have been made to promote responsible agriculture for the benefit of consumers in all regions of the country.


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