Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment

Vol 8, Issue 2,2010
Online ISSN: 1459-0263
Print ISSN: 1459-0255

Evolution of the phytosanitary control system in the intensive horticulture model of high yield in Almería (2005-2008)


Rafael Lozano 1, Fernando Diánez 2, Francisco Camacho 2*

Recieved Date: 2010-01-26, Accepted Date: 2010-04-06


The purpose of this work was to analyse the crisis effect, caused by the presence of unauthorized pesticide, isophenphos-methyl, in fresh peppers of Spanish origin in December 2006, on the model of horticultural production of high yield in Almería. The surveillance plan of residues of phytosanitary products in origin of the Regional Ministry of Agriculture and Fish of the Andalusian Regional Government has been analysed between the years 2005 and 2008 in the province of Almería. The year 2007 represented a clear turning point with the drastic decrease in the presence of residues from active substances above the MRLs and unauthorized ones in the crops where the samples had been taken. Due to the economic importance and the specific weight of pepper crops in the intensive horticulture system of high yield in Almería, this has been the most damaged crop due to a bad use of phytosanitaries. The last results of the plans analysed confirm that all vegetables produced now in Almería meet the requirements of safety, hygiene, quality of products and respect the environment that the market demands. The development and implementation of new phytosanitary control programmes, as the biological control and the integrated production, are now perfectly implemented in the field of Almería, therefore, high quality fruit and vegetable production, food safety and competitiveness were obtained in the markets.


Greenhouse, isophenphos-methyl, pesticide, biological control, integrated production, food safety

Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2010
Volume: 8
Issue: 2
Category: Agriculture
Pages: 330-338

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