Posted On 05 Sep 2017
Rizobacter Ecuatoriana and Fugran S.A. were certified by Indian authorities to fumigate teak in Ecuadorian territory, prior to its export to the Asian country.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Peasant Welfare of India visited Ecuador to qualify eight companies interested in phosphine fumigations.
The fumigation of wood in the country has been authorized since August 14. Originally, India requested fumigation with methyl bromide for the shipment of teak.
However, since Ecuador is a signatory to the Montreal Protocol, it is prohibited to import, commercialize and use this fumigant in the national territory. The wood was fumigated in India, with the respective costs for the service and fines.
In that context, at the end of 2016, the Indian authorities informed that the treatment had to compulsory be made in Ecuador before the exportation. As a solution, the guild of exporters found in phosphine a viable solution to carry out the treatment at the country of origin.
This makes Ecuador the only country authorized by India to fumigate teak with phosphine. (I)