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Colombia will continue US-funded glyphosate spraying

Colombia has announced it will continue US-funded glyphosate spraying after it was temporarily suspended following an alleged FARC attack on two aircraft which killed a US pilot and injured two.

The alleged FARC attacks occurred on September 27 in the state of Caqueta and on October 5 in the state of Putumayo, located in the south-west of the country. In both incidents, the fumigation aircrafts were reportedly shot down by the FARC.

The program will resume on February 15 in the state of Putumayo after a suspension period of four months following the deadly attacks.

This year, aerial spraying will mainly take place in the states of Putumayo, Norte de Santander, Antioquia, Choco, Caqueta, Meta, Guaviare and Narino, Narcotics Police told newspaper Vanguardia.

Police Chief of Narcotics, General Ricardo Restrepo, has confirmed the date, but said manual removal will continue on January 26, according to the Colombian newspaper.

The technique of aerial spraying has caused much controversy as studies show the mixture can have a harmful effect on humans and animals as well as the environment.

Chamber Representative Guillermo Rivera Florez has proposed a permanent suspension of aerial spraying in the country. He told Vanguardia that the alternative practice of manual removal of crops would eliminate the hazardous effects spraying has on humans.

Last year, Ecuador, which borders Colombian states highly affected by coca cultivation and spraying, filed a complaint with the International Court of Justice. But withdrew the complaint, after an agreement between the two states was made. Colombia paid Ecuador $15 million in compensation.

 

 


 

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