Of the pesticides are compliant with their labels • There has been a 5% drop in the use of irregular pesticides and chemicals in recent years
The Ministry of Agriculture is continuing its efforts to safeguard proper agricultural produce and is taking measures against owners of the non-standard materials
The Ministry of Agriculture is continuing its work for public health. As in every year, the Plant Protection and Inspection Services at the Ministry of Agriculture sample the agricultural produce for pesticide residues, and at the same time it samples the pesticides themselves to ensure they are in compliance with the standard requirements. In 2016, we have seen an increase of another 5% in the number of standards-compliant samplings of pesticides. 92% of the pesticides are in compliance with the registered standard.
In 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture sampled 143 pesticides purchased from stores all over the country as well as materials prior to extending their licenses. Every year materials which were found to be substandard in previous years are sampled. In other cases sampling is done after suspicions arise due to the impropriety of specific materials. Every material taken for testing was brought from a different location and in some cases they were tested several times. This is done in order to test their standards-compliance and to ensure that the companies registering the pesticides are indeed filling the containers with whatever has been approved for them and that the content matches what is written on the container labels. The results have shown that the vast majority of the samples were in order. In each case an irregularity was found, the Ministry initiated inquiries and investigations with the companies, which have led to repeat tests or to requirements from the companies to recall products from the retail outlets and this has also resulted in delays in the renewal of the registration of those preparations until their propriety has been n. It must be noted that part of the irregularities are low-level irregularities.
The Ministry published about a month ago the results of its annual survey of irregular use of pesticides in fresh plant-origin produce. The Ministry carries out the survey every year on fruits and vegetables which are sampled in the fields and at the packing houses. The 2016 survey findings were that 89% of the samples were in order, and that there was an increase in the number of good samples relative to the previous year.
The Ministry of Agriculture is continuing to supervise the pesticides and their usage for the good of public health. The Ministry spares no measures and will monitor the farmers operating in contradiction to its instructions. At the same time it must be emphasized that not every irregularity poses a public health hazard. Some irregularities mean that the pesticides have been applied in contradiction to the Ministry’s guidelines on “proper farming”.