Mexico seeks low-risk NAFTA minor-crop agchems
Mexico proposes to participate in stimulating the development and registration of “reduced-risk” pesticides, particularly on minor crops with its NAFTA colleagues. The Ministry of Agriculture’s food quality and health service, the Senasica, has presented the NAFTA Technical Working Group (TWG) with a project to finance pesticide efficacy studies on six crops of interest. They are cacti, citrus fruit, herbs, onions, papayas and pineapples. The crops cover some 724,000 ha, and are worth around Peso 33.5 million ($2.4 million). The Ministry indicates that it will be looking at approvals of chemical pesticides and biopesticides, and cites the TWG’s strengthening international reputation and its successful previous work-sharing in pesticide registrations as reasons for following this route. The TWG agreed to establish a pilot programme for a trilateral review for a new use of a registered pesticide last year ( Agrow No 608, p 13). The Mexican authorities have recently indicated a move towards the use and availability of more “lower risk” pesticides in the country ( Agrow No 629, p 19).