The agricultural sector of the region explores the possibility of a reconversion of its fruit production processes.
Rosario, Sinaloa (June 2, 2020).- The international mango trade is increasingly inclined to organic, which has been reflected in the increase in organic gardens and the use of eco-friendly pest control products.
Miguel Ángel López Osuna, responsible for the campaign against the fruit fly in South Sinaloa, said that Rosario is the municipality where the number of organic gardens has grown the most, with a greater concentration in the communities of El Pozole, Apoderado, Chametla, and Aguaverde. And the neighboring municipality of Escuinapa already has some organic gardens too.
He reported that the requirements for a mango orchard to become organic are established by the certifying companies, but one of these is precisely not to use harmful insecticides, but 100% organic pest control products.
The person in charge of the campaign against the fruit fly mentioned that although in Cesavesin they do not have exact numbers regarding the increase in organic mango orchards in the region, it is evident that the producer is increasingly interested in entering into this scheme.
Chemical products use
On the subject of fumigation, López Osuna commented that the majority, whether air or land, is made with an organic product based on a spinoidal fungus. This, in addition to having to be used in organic orchards, is also utilized in orchards where there are nearby populations, to avoid any type of damage to the people.
“We have been using less of the harmful products that we used to apply regularly … we are applying 90 to 95 percent organic products now,” López Osuna said.
Finally, he pointed out that there are more remote places, far from human settlement, where chemical insecticide is used, but it is in small quantities and they are trying to eradicate this practice statewide.
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