Opinion: Moldovan agrarians need to learn how to use organic plant protection products


Opinion: Moldovan agrarians need to learn how to use organic plant protection products

05/20/2020

Recently, supermarket chains have significantly tightened permissible residual levels of pesticides in fruits and vegetables.

By the end of this month, a significant amount of phytosanitary products will be excluded from the state register of plant protection products and fertilizers of the Republic of Moldova – in parallel with a similar process in the field of plant health protection in the European Union. The problems and opportunities associated with this circumstance were discussed by representatives of the authorities of the Republic of Moldova, agricultural producers and operators of the Moldovan pesticide market during a web conference organized as part of the climate change project (funded by the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation).

As the conference participants noted, recently the leading multinational supermarket chains have significantly tightened the permissible norms of residual pesticides in fruits and vegetables. On the one hand, this is a serious incentive for Moldovan growers to switch to integrated systems for protecting and increasing the fertility of plantations, with a focus on organic products. On the other hand, in the Moldovan market for plant protection products, these products are still relatively little known and common.

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At the same time, as representatives of large agrochemical companies in the Republic of Moldova emphasized, illicit drugs are removed from the state registry faster than they are allowed into it.

In turn, the director of the State Center for the Certification of Phytosanitary Products and Fertilizers Nikolai Danilov assured the participants of the web conference that in the near future the list of drugs will be sufficient, it will be replenished by at least 4-5 products per year.

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