Argentina: Group of 90 Argentine organizations proposes new law on agrochemical application
Dec. 24, 2020
By Leonardo Gottems, Reporter for AgroPages
The Network of Good Agricultural Practices (BPA) announced that it is preparing a new bill to order, regulate and control the use of pesticides in Argentina. It is a group with more than 90 Argentinian public and private institutions as members.
“The application of phytosanitary products is a controversial issue and one that generates concern among society. We understand the concerns of residents and consumers and the need for efficient, orderly and safe production for health and the environment,” the BPA stated.
According to the group, the objective is to establish clear and updated rules that will help the entire agroindustrial chain and related sectors to follow good practices, as well as ensure commitment to sustainable development in Argentina. In addition, in coordination with all parties involved, Rede BPA wants the project to be a bridge between the countryside and society.
“It is the first project that showcases the consensus among all actors in the field and the agroindustrial chain, with the participation of more than 90 institutions, such as associations of small, medium and large producers, unions, investors, industry, commerce and grain exchanges, agencies science and technology, the National State and provinces,” the group added.
The BPA Network's Minimum Budget Bill for the Management of Phytosanitary Products is the result of two years of work involving public agents and the private sector, with the aim of creating a new law covering the entire national territory, to order, articulate, professionalize, control, inspect and sanction those who disrespect good agricultural practices.
The proposal also aims to organize all productive areas to identify more vulnerable ones, as well as dialogues among the local community to deal with problems involving all perspectives. In addition, it aims to professionalize the activity of agrochemical applicators, such as requesting registrations and authorizations for applicators, machines and companies.
“There is still a lot to do, but we are convinced that this bill is a milestone in terms of consensus and commitment in Argentina. The BPA Network continues to work with all stakeholders to ensure that production requirements are met for health and safety and to be friendly to the environment and people,” stressed those responsible for the initiative.
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