Japan, Sweden, United States, India, Brazil, Nigeria, Greece, Colombia, and Germany were just some of the represented countries in the Sixth Latin American Pesticide Residue Workshop(LAPRW) 2017, held this year in Costa Rica from the 14 th to the 17th of May.
The activity allowed the sharing of knowledge about pesticide residues among 470 participants from intergovernmental organizations such as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, government institutions, universities, and private companies. The Centro de Investigación en Contaminación Ambiental (CICA) and the Centro de Investigación en Protección de Cultivos (CIPROC), academic units from the Universidad de Costa Rica, were in charge of the organization of the event, as well as the Servicio Fitosanitario del Estado (SFE) of the Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería de Costa Rica (MAG).
“The LAPRW 2017 provided an excellent opportunity for practice and constructive dialogue among researchers, educationists, scientists, and industry representatives who are the acclaimed expertsin food industry”, stated Kaushik Banerjee, expert from the National Research Centre for Grapes in India, who was in charge of one of the workshop’s opening lectures.
In addition to the 42 lectures that the participants were able to attend, there were 22 satellite meetings for the participants in specific topics related to pesticide residues in food and the environment, as well as 141 scientific posters, three pre-workshop courses, and three post-workshop courses that were part of the comprehensive offer of knowledge.
Some of the pre- and post-workshop courses focused on the ecological risk assessment of pesticides, the establishment of pesticide Maximum Residue Limits, programs of advanced
modelling and sampling strategies. These courses had 142 participants and instructors from countries like Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Canada, United States, and others.
It is important to mention that most of the countries of the American continent were represented in the workshop. Moreover, the satellite meetings were open to the public, in that way, officials from
several government institutions, universities, and private companies of the country, who were not participants of the LAPRW 2017, were able to attend the national and international experts’
With the LAPRW 2017, Costa Rica became the first Central American country in organizing and hosting this Latin American workshop on pesticide residues that began in Brazil in 2007, and that had been also held in Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, and Chile.