CongeladosAbr. 27, 2012
Frutillas/EE.UU: se forma nuevo grupo para discutir plan de fumigación
The commercial cultivation without recourse to fumigants will be the subject of discussion as scientists and others come together with the state department of Pesticide Regulation.
The group is on a mission to develop a five year plan to accelerate the development of fumigant free strawberry growing.
DPR Director Brian Leahy says, “California’s strawberry industry urgently needs practical and cost-effective ways to grow strawberries without soil fumigants. “We want a full spectrum of production methods that control soil-borne diseases, weeds and other pests while protecting human health and the environment. This group can also help us develop a strategy on how to best use available fumigant tools going forward.”
The issue is a complex one and has been brought to the fore by increasingly tight regulation on the use of fumigants. Methyl bromide is being phased out and Arysta Life Science have pulled the plug on the replacement methyl iodide.
“It’s imperative we speed up the timetable for more production tools in the face of tougher fumigation restrictions and urban development near agricultural land,” says Mr. Leahy.
The new group will convene for the first time this Summer, but the date has not yet been scheduled.
Publication date: 4/26/2012