- Flower Bulb and Perennial Sales Position - Portland (Oregon) USA
- Plant Production Scientist - Brooklyn (NY) USA
- Greenhouse Assistant Grower - Abbotsford (B.C.) Canada
- Technical Sales Representative - South Western Ontario, Canada
- Farm Manager - West Africa
- Managing Agronomist - Surinam
- Vegetal Material Programme Leader - Cisterna di Latina (Latium), Italy
- Head of Sales North America - Sacramento (CA) USA
- Inkoop Specialist Holland Product - Netherlands
- Vegetable Grower - Australia
Top 5 -yesterday
Top 5 -last month
Top 5 -last week
Filipino banana farmers told to use drones for spraying
“I will meet with the members of the Filipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association to discuss the possible use of drones in their aerial spraying,” Alcala said. “Even if they say that they are using organic ingredients, the main concern of the lawmakers is the ‘excessive’ amount of chemicals being dumped during overhead spraying, which may allegedly cause respiratory illnesses,”
Alcala said aerial drones could hover as close as two meters from the ground which would lessen the amount of chemicals being dumped.
“Some congressmen expressed their concern because the distance of aerial spraying from the plant to the height of the plane is 10 to 15 meters. The drone technology is readily available and is cheaper. It is just a matter of adopting what is better for our industry,” he said.
Several civil society groups earlier urged Congress to immediately pass a bill which aims to ban the use of aerial spraying.
Under consideration by the House committee on ecology chaired by Rep. Amado Bagatsing is House Bill 3857, entitled ‘An Act prohibiting aerial spraying as a method of applying chemicals and similar substances on agricultural crops.’
PBGEA, however, said aerial spraying was a generally accepted agricultural practice by the World Trade Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations under certain limitations which the banana industry was strictly adopting, otherwise importers might stop buying from them.
PBGEA said a multi-sectoral monitoring team that focused on banana plantations was overseeing the compliance of these regulations.
The Philippines is the world’s second largest exporter of fresh bananas. The top major export destinations for fresh Cavendish bananas are Japan, China, Korea, the Middle East and New Zealand with stringent policies on food product.
Publication date :
Receive the daily newsletter in your email for free | Click here
Other news in this sector:
- 09/24/2018 China: Chinese traders increase investment in Thai banana plantations
- 09/21/2018 Ecuador: Agroecological alternative for the control of black sigatoka
- 09/21/2018 China buying more bananas from Philippines
- 09/21/2018 Kenyan county government to set up banana processing plant
- 09/21/2018 Commitment to produce bananas in a way that is more sustainable
- 09/21/2018 First French organic bananas for sale in Paris
- 09/20/2018 Processing of organic bananas in Peru
- 09/20/2018 Ecuador: Authorities find 149 kg of cocaine hidden in bananas destined for Belgium
- 09/18/2018 Nigerian government launches banana planting project
- 09/18/2018 Sustainability through partnership and innovation
- 09/17/2018 Sri Lanka-China banana supply agreement: Not one kilo exported
- 09/17/2018 African banana farmers fear effects of Brexit
- 09/14/2018 Australian bananas: TR4 affected farms benefit from new agreement
- 09/14/2018 Fyffes to support Irish amputees ahead of World Cup campaign
- 09/14/2018 'Playing with your food'
- 09/12/2018 Cameroon: Banana production effected by Anglophone Crisis
- 09/11/2018 Banana imports into Iran at $200 million in five months
- 09/11/2018 Cameroon: Banana exports grew to 28,434 tons in Aug-Jul 2018
- 09/11/2018 Commitment to more sustainable banana production
- 09/07/2018 Ecuador: Banana reform maintains ban on new plantings and a single official price