Vegetable exporters again warned on excessive pesticides
DominicanToday.com - If the excessive use of pesticides on crops in the country’s Oriental vegetable exports isn’t solved, Dominican Republic risks losing the European market, warned the European Union’s ACP Policies Adviser for the fruit and vegetable sector.

 

Morag Webb, the adviser for the multi-industry association, is in the country together with other advisers to unveil technical assistance programs to support Dominican farmers and agribusiness companies which export to Europe.

She said since the country’s Oriental vegetable exports move a large sum of money and involve hundreds of small producers, it’s essential to deal with the high levels of pesticide residues detected in those export crops, because the European market wouldn’t allowed them.

After reiterating that country runs a “real risk” of losing the European market and that other farm products could also affected, Webb revealed that the Agriculture Ministry has a project ready to confront the problem.

It’s the second time the local vegetable industry is warned on pesticides, the first late last year by the U.S. authorities.

COMMENTS
 
Written by: RobertoJose, 8 Apr 2011 10:43 AM
From: United States, FREEPORT, Long Island....Eeeeazzy !! (OH KAY, Let's agree on , that we don't agree with each-other)
Education is key, you have to educate these people , so to understand what is being said.
 
Written by: Atabey, 8 Apr 2011 10:57 AM
From: United States
I once visited Constanza with my wife and child. I wanted them to experience the cool climate and fresh vegetation of this central Dominican location during the Summer months. Sadly, we weren't able to consume any of the vast quantities of strawberries at the time because of the intense chemical odor emanating from the farms. I saw open bags of fertilizers and pesticides and said no way Jose! The DR needs to address the poor farming practices, misreading instructions and direction on labels. The attitude that if it says x ounces per liter or gallon then a "little more" is better non-sense has to be addressed! Pronto! Again, the poor education of the general population rearing its poisonous consequences.
 
Written by: WalterPolo, 8 Apr 2011 11:10 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Puerto Plata
Thay use chemical fertilizers, pesticides and ripening agents.
Jeopardizing what could be the economic salvation of this country.
 
Written by: synapse, 8 Apr 2011 11:25 AM
From: United States
No wonder Dominicans don't eat vegetables!
 
Written by: juanb, 8 Apr 2011 11:56 AM
From: Dominican Republic
They will continue to do as they please.
Then, someday when they have no markets to sell to they will be pissing and moaning that these markets are closed to them.
 
Written by: Atabey, 8 Apr 2011 12:26 PM
From: United States
Walter,

That's why it is so important for the DR to take advantage of US expertise and assign some urgency in tasking a policy to correct this glaring weakness in DR's farming sector. Try and get the excellent Agricultural Colleges of the US to set-up partnerships with different agricultural zones in DR. Get the US and DR Ambassadors to work on this PRONTO!

 

Read also: USAID report, Dominican farms still use highly toxic pesticides!!!!!

 

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