Peru's Senasa promotes biopesticides and grants Green Certificate

03.08.2020

The National Agrarian Health Service of Peru (Senasa) is promoting the use of biological control agents to make pest control more sustainable in prioritized crops such as vines, cocoa, sugar cane, avocado, citrus, asparagus, coffee and others.

Senasa, has trained more than 10,536 people in the last five years, promoting courses on the use of insects, mites and beneficial microorganisms for the control of agricultural pests. In this period, 79,921 people have attended lectures by Senasa on biological control usage and benefits on different crops.

Senasa grants a Green Fund Certification to those who implement biological control and whose crops produce food for national consumption free of agrochemicals. Senasa also certified 2,098 evaluators of pests and biological controllers who, in theoretical and practical sessions, recognize and evaluate pests that damage crops of economic importance, learn which agent is present in their fields and decide on the management of their pests according to the previous evaluation.

In 2019-20, 625 users interested in the breeding and production of biological control were trained thanks to agreements with private companies and state institutions that serve crops for national and export consumption such as corn, potatoes, rice, beans, citrus, asparagus, avocado, blueberry, artichoke and vine.


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