Colombia ups agrochemical controls
Colombia is increasing its controls on agrochemical retail sales in response to the rise in pesticide use on the tropical fruit, naranjilla. The country's regulatory authority, the institute of Colombian farming, the ICA, is to lead a "massive campaign" on what pesticides should be used and on their safe use. "The growth in the area dedicated to naranjilla farming - has increased the risks from pesticide use," the general manager of the ICA, Andres Valencia Pinzon, says. The rising use of pesticides has led to reports of cases of serious human health issues in naranjilla farming areas. The fruit is native to Colombia and neighbouring countries.