French Caribbean producers cut pesticide us

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5 July 2011

Banana growers in the French Caribbean have reached their objective to reduce pesticide use by 50% two years before the 2013 deadline. The Guadeloupe and Martinique Banana Producers' company, UGPBAN, said that this reduction is due to the widespread adoption of good agricultural practices such as crop rotation and monitoring tissue culture plants to control nematodes, mass trapping for weevils, sigatoka etc.

UGPBAN says a comparison between a number of banana producing countries show big differences in the use of pesticides. It says European producers use significantly less than producers in West Africa and Latin America, where Belize has the worst record with 75kg of active ingredients used per hectare per year compared to less than 10kg in Martinique and Guadeloupe.