Sunday, June 4, 2023

Theft in the transport of agrochemicals could result in losses of 1.2 billion pesos in 2022

In addition to a lack of water, credit and guarantees in the commercialization of crops, growers are beset by organized crime, which infringes on property rights, and in the case of the agrochemical industry, the robbery of transport trucks last year meant losses 1.2 More than a billion pesos, warned Luis Eduardo González, president of the Mexican Union of Manufacturers and Formulators of Agrochemicals (UMFFFAC).

Today in the crop protection industry – he stressed – there are more thefts than ever before, there is not a month that goes by when we don’t have reports of trucks carrying agricultural chemicals being stolen and this also affects the cost to the farmer.

Within the framework of the 2023 Plant Health Forum convened by the UMFFAAC and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the businessman explained that they hold meetings with the National Guard and authorities to conduct operations to combat this problem. which allows the incidence of theft to be reduced, if not eliminated, and enables the farmer to offer more competitive costs for this input.

He specified that entities such as Puebla, from San Martín Texmalucán to the south, register the highest rates of theft of agrochemicals, but there are also cases in Guanajuato, Jalisco or Michoacán, “unfortunately it is increasing throughout the country; It is not being controlled and it is affecting the cost of the farmers.

Plant health is at risk

During the forum, Eduardo Benitez Palin, FAO Deputy Representative in Mexico, said that the health of plants in the world is at risk, as pests and diseases destroy up to 40% of crops, which is approximately 220 thousand. million dollars, and another 70 billion, due to the presence of invasive insects.

For this reason, they recognize that guaranteeing food security requires the sustainable management of natural resources and the restoration of ecosystems, in addition to promoting the participation of the public and private sectors.

He noted that Latin America and the Caribbean is the region that has taken the most backward steps in reducing the number of hungry people due to the COVID-19 pandemic, increased production costs and other problems. He added that, in addition, access to nutritious and healthy food is more expensive, as more food is produced in the region, but it is more expensive.

On his occasion, Luis Eduardo González stressed that “plant pests and diseases can eliminate the hard work of farmers and cause significant losses in yields and income, posing a significant threat to food security.”

If we don’t have an adequate public health policy in the field, production drops.

He regretted that public policy decisions in Mexico are made on the basis of ideology, “they are not based on science” and that if glyphosate is banned, we take away a very important tool from farmers; “Conacyt has not demonstrated the health effects of the herbicide, there is no real scientific demonstration,” he insisted.

The representative of the National Council of Agriculture (CNA), Luis Fernando Haro, equated Senasica (National Service for Agricultural Food Health, Safety and Quality) with the Ministry of Health, but applied in rural areas and regretted the budget cuts made by the organization expressed that in 2012, 7 billion pesos were assigned to it and only 5 billion by 2023, a decrease of 30%.

To the above is added the problem of human resources, as fewer people are working in Senasika, said the agribusiness.

He recognized that healthcare is a shared responsibility and said that in the CNA they agree on regulation but not on prohibition, saying that they try to convince and sensitize the Legislature not to make decisions based on ideologies goes, “many of them are radicals, which do not lead to any productive port”.

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