The fight against pesticides should be seen as a priority area in the circular economy action plan!
A call from the fresh fruit and vegetable sector: We must take action in the fight against pesticides
With the EU Green Deal, it aims to reduce the use of pesticides by 50 percent, fertilizer use by 20 percent and antimicrobial use by 50 percent by 2030.
In our country, within the framework of harmonization with the EU, a total of 213 active substances used in agricultural production were banned in recent years, while the use of 11 active substances was restricted.
Aegean Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Exporters’ Association (EYMSİB), which started the project “We Know the Pesticides We Use” in 2021 by placing food safety at the top of the list in the chain from seed to fork, met with Ceyda Bölünmez Çankırı, AK Party İzmir Deputy and Deputy Chairman of Local Administrations, to fight pesticides and made a call for action not only in the Aegean, but throughout Turkey!
New strategies need to be developed by the state…
Aegean Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporters’ Association (EYMSİB) Chair Hayrettin Uçak said, “We must manage the process effectively in today’s constantly developing markets where the agenda changes hourly, most notably in the G20 countries, where protectionist measures are increasing and in a period when the supply chain is completely changed with the EU Green Agreement. It is necessary to develop new strategies before the government to ensure fair conditions in exports and to reduce food loss and waste in the food supply chain, which we should attach utmost importance due to our commercial activities.”
EYMSİB’s priority is food safety…
Uçak pointed out that the way to sustain success in the export of food products is through the sustainability of consumer confidence and that they took action to reveal the residual map of the region for products that are predominantly exported.