Central America and the Dominican Republic promote the establishment of a regional regulation on the registration of biopesticides that allows agricultural producers to have environmentally friendly alternatives for the control of pests in crops, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) reported this Friday.

Delegates from regulatory institutions of the countries of the region sought to advance the draft of the Central American Technical Regulations (RTCA) for biopesticides, during a meeting in Costa Rica organized by IICA, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA, for its acronym in English) and the Central American Agricultural Council.

"Having a modern and harmonized regulatory framework at the regional level will bring many benefits to the countries. It is worth highlighting the high value of supporting this process based on science and promoting international harmonization, since this helps to promote trade and maintain adequate levels of protection."stated IICA’s Deputy Director General, Lloyd Day.

The initiative to generate the regulation takes place within the framework of the project on harmonization of pesticide registration procedures and alignment of maximum residue limits, which is being carried out in the region by IICA and the USDA.

The manager of the USDA/FAS global pesticide program, Nigel Hunter, explained that the current scenario has serious challenges in terms of climate change, for which, "agriculture has a transcendental role in providing answers and finding more sustainable ways of living and alternative measures for crop protection".

"The regulation will play a key role in the mitigation of chemical residues, the promotion of food safety and that Central America advances as a leader in the global environment in the registration of biopesticides"Hunter said.

The authorities indicated that the process will continue in the coming months in order to consolidate the proposed regulation that would be delivered within the framework of the Central American Economic Integration Secretariat (SIECA) for negotiation and approval.

"With this, the countries of Central America and the Dominican Republic will be able to have a regulatory framework harmonized with the latest that exists at the international level in regulation of bio-inputs, explained the specialist in Agricultural Health of IICA, Eric Bolaños.

The experts estimate that by the end of the year the region and the technical institutions dealing with biopesticide issues will reach a document consensus and, once obtained, the draft will be delivered to SIECA.


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