The European Commission is going to extrapolate the MRLs (maximum residue limits) from citrus to avocado to facilitate the fight against avocado pests and diseases and to avoid the economic losses caused by the shortage of authorized products.
The minutes of the Permanent Phytosanitary Committee of November 23-24, which have been made public, contain the proposal made by Spain and will be included in the extrapolation guide document in the next review.
The request was generated in coordination through a collaboration agreement between the AEPLA (Business Association for the Protection of Plants) and the INIA (National Institute of Agricultural Research).
In the summer of 2018 ASAJA Malaga, TROPS, AEPLA, and different European members of the ECPA (European Crop Protection Association) visited avocado farms where they witnessed first hand the problems that avocado producers had to act against certain avocado pests because they were unable to use the products, as they were not registered for this crop.
The Ministry confirmed that it was aware of this inclusion in the Permanent Committee and that this extrapolation can already be used. Thus, the companies can now start preparing dossiers.
ASAJA Malaga is evaluating which authorized products for citrus are effective for avocado to contact the companies to request the extrapolation.