Friday, January 21

They analyze new technologies to minimize the impact of aviation in agricultural spraying

A meeting with owners and / or companies dedicated to the application of phytosanitary supplies via air, said officials of the Ministry of Agricultural Development (Mida), through the National Directorate of Plant Health in order to debate, discuss and improve the draft proposal for the repeal of the aforementioned resolution that governs this matter.

In the activity, coordinated by the Department of Plant Health Agrochemicals, it was said that The agricultural sector since 2002 is governed by Resolution 023 for the regulation of aerial applications of phytosanitary supplies and that in recent years this issue has evolved significantly since agricultural aviation is nourished with a variety of technology that allows efficient and precise regulation of many variables that previously depended on the judgment and criteria of the pilot of the plane or helicopter.

During the day it was indicated that the adoption of these new technologies is imperative and that the current regulations cannot efficiently stop adverse impacts on public health, the environment and does not promote the use of new navigation systems and other devices or equipment, which today are called upon to minimize the adverse impacts that could arise. generate during an aerial spraying of phytosanitary supplies.

A total of eight of the 10 registered companies, whose planes and helicopters carry out the spraying or spraying of pesticides and other inputs, participated in the activity, in addition to 11 owners and / or companies of drones or UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles). According to references from the Mida extension regions, there are 16 companies dedicated to the activity.

According to the organizers, The issue of drones and their applicability in the spraying of production plots is a trend in constant growth, development and evolution. However, today these new technologies for aerial application of phytosanitary products work outside the law, so it became imperative to listen to the opinion of the owners of unmanned aircraft to establish a regulation in this matter.

The MIDA, on this occasion, commitment to greater integration and participation of the governing Aviation Authority in Panama, the Civil Aviation Authority and, on the other hand, grants space to the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Environment so that they can inspect and verify compliance of the new regulations when required jointly.

The institutional approach to address these issues establishes, in the first instance, the need to pay greater attention to minimizing citizen complaints well-founded causes of environmental deterioration (contamination of bodies of water, food and effects on biodiversity) and pesticide poisonings in humans Therefore, the rise of agriculture needs to be empathic with the other agents or factors in its environment.