Ambassadors plea for fast registration biological control products in Colombia
Picture on the right: Introduction by Ambassador of the Netherlands in Colombia, Mr. Jeroen Roodenburg.
With a clear message, the Belgium and Dutch ambassadors in Colombia introduced an important meeting for Biobest and Koppert Colombia in Bogotá. “Take the opportunity that biological control brings. It is very interesting economically, and let´s not forget the health of the environment, the growers and the consumers,” argued Dutch ambassador Jeroen Roodenburg.
On the 22nd of March, an event focussing on biological pollination and control was organised by the embassies together with IBMA, Koppert Colombia and Biobest Colombia. The informative so-called ´breakfast meeting´ was meant to reunite biological control companies, local authorities and crop-organisations. The main question was: what tools are available to enhance the development of biological control and pollination in Colombia? There was a lot of interest, around 50 attendees came from all different parts of the country to join the meeting.
After the introduction of the ambassadors - both pleaded for an accurate, but fast registration of biological control and pollination products - several interesting presentations followed. Johannette Klapwijk from Koppert BV and Lieselot Van der Veken from Biobest NV explained the role of IBMA (International Biocontrol Manufacturers Association). “This fast-growing global organisation informs authorities and consumers about the advantages of biological control. IBMA sees it as a priority to share this knowledge,” explained Johannette. Lieselot underlined the importance of pollinators and natural enemies in Colombian agriculture, to develop more quality and sustainability.
Regulations The organisers were especially happy with the presence of governmental organisations such as ICA and ANLA. Both authorities are deeply involved in the registration process of biological control products. Many companies experience problems with the inflexible regulations introduced by the government and implemented by these organisations. With the meeting, all parties hoped to build a bridge between the companies needs and the governmental rules.
Thanks to the Q&A-round, many issues came across. Some of the attendees wanted to share their positive experiences, others mentioned their concerns of the use of biological control. Besides, different employees of governmental authorities replied to several questions, regarding the registration of products. With joining their forces, IBMA, Koppert and Biobest hope for a quick solution to the stagnation in the registration process of biological control and pollination products.
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Picture: IBMA panel during Q&A: Johannette Klapwijk, Cristobal Fabrega (Koppert BV) , Lieselot Van der Veken (Biobest NV) and Benjamin Breman (Koppert BV)