According to international organizations, the proportion of falsified pesticides on the Ukrainian market is between 25-30%. More than 50% of counterfeits of well-known brands are fixed in retail trade. This was stated by the head of the State Service of Ukraine for Food Safety and Consumer Protection Volodymyr Lapa, AgroPolit.com reported.
The State Service of Ukraine for Food Safety and Consumer Protection and the draft Twinning on "Approximation of Ukrainian legislation to EU legislation in the field of plant protection and plant health, and strengthening of relevant inspection and laboratory services," announced the launch of a campaign to inform small and medium-sized farms of the risks and dangers associated with the use of counterfeit protection plants.
Volodymyr Lapa noted that the annual demand of the agricultural sector in pesticides is more than 100 thousand tons in Ukraine, which in monetary terms corresponds to about $ 2 billion. Therefore, it is clear that the sector is very attractive target for counterfeiting.
He noted that falsified plant protection products are not only ineffective, but almost always lead to unpredictable consequences and cause significant damage in the form of crop losses, pollution of the environment, surface and groundwater, deterioration of soil fertility, cultivation of agricultural products with an increased content of pesticide residues, which is unfit for consumption, and also cause significant harm to human health.
Within the framework of the campaign, thematic booklets were developed and printed, on the website of the State Service of Ukraine for Food Safety and Consumer Protection there was created the rubric "STOP Illegal Plant Protection Products", which is filled with relevant information materials, as well as footage of the videos about the harm and danger of falsified plant protection products. The main materials are available by the link.