Rodrigues: Import of pesticides and other chemicals banned soon

Make plantations more “robust” and use more biological and natural control methods. The idea is to protect Rodriguans’ health and the Agriculture Commission wants to ban all imports of pesticides and other products in the 10th district.

From November 18 to 22, an exchange program titled “Support for strengthening the National Food Safety and Plant Health Protection Systems in Mauritius” was conducted to find ecological solutions to protect cultivation. The exercise, sponsored by the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), sought to find solutions to day-to-day problems in the fields.

FAO and Ministry of Agro-Industry technicians were asked to review the situation. Their expertise helped to assess the situation of emerging diseases. More than 200 planters, chilli, banana and onion were mainly targeted by this workshop because they represent a high economic value. Last year, more than 213 tons of silt were exported to Mauritius. As for the onion, it represents 328 tons whereas the pepper amounts to 2.3 tons.

 

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