The Santos Gouvernement Does NOt Keep it Promises and the Colombian State is Still Destroying communities' Lives with

Its Indiscriminate Aerial Spraying with Glyphosate

Prensa Rural
23 de febrero, 2015

Indiscriminate Aerial Spraying with Glyphosate in Tarazá, Department of Antioquia

Lower-Cauca Region Peasant Association

Since the year 2008, the Lower-Cauca
Region peasants have been faced with the need to carry out several agrarian strikes due to indiscriminate aerial spraying with Glyphosate by the National Antinarcotics Police on coca crops. The protests carried out by the peasants led to an agreement with the government that there would be no aerial spraying; commitment which the government, in time,  has failed to fulfill. Meanwhile, in the Peace Talks in Havana between the government and the FARC guerilla group, an initial joint document was drafted; “Solution to the Illicit-Drugs Problem” ” point " “Agreements with the Communities” states: “An indisputable fundamental element of the definitive solution to problem of crops used for illicit purposes is to be found in the concerted and voluntary means and, therefore, in the manifest will of the communities to walk alternative paths to those of crops used for illicit purposes and the government’s commitment to generate and guarantee dignified standards of living and employment for it people and provide for their well-being and decent living. With the aim of formalizing this decision to substitute crops used for illicit purposes, the communities, the national government and territorial bodies will sign agreements prior to implementing a Program on their territories”. 

Likewise, in the Agrarian Summit’s list of demands, point number 4 paragraph 2, there is a demand regarding “a social, gradual, concerted, structural and environmental  substitution program for  coca, marijuana and poppy crops which goes beyond the implementation of violent and Glyphosate- aerial spraying eradication programs which clashes with the right to life of Indigenous, afro-Colombian and peasant communities”.  Accordingly, we are denouncing the following events which are occurring in our municipalities:

According to information received from the communities on February 16, 2015, several coca crops were sprayed by the National Antinarcotics Police in some “veredas” (administrative division smaller than the municipality) in the Taraza Municipality; the following veredas were sprayed: Dos Canóas, La Linda, Quinterón, Estrella and Urales; in Urales, several cocoa crops were affected..

This is situation for great concern, since it is not only affecting the coca crops but the ecosystem and licit crops. We wish to reiterate the fact that the National Government has on several occasions committed itself with the peasant to not carry out aerial spraying  and it has not fulfilled its part of these agreements.

We demand that the National Government under the administration of  President Juan Manuel Santo Calderón, State Secretary /Minister of the Interior Juan Fernando Cristo, fulfill what has been agreed to with the peasants of the Taraza Municipality and that the Minister of the Environment, Gabriel Vallejo López, verify the collateral damages to the ecosystem, and are appealing as well to CORANTIOQUIA, the National Ombudsman and the United Nations..


Prensa Rural
24 de febrero, 2015

Denuncian fumigaciones indiscriminadas con glifosato en el sur de Córdoba

Southern Cordoba Peasant Association

Since February 15, 2015,  peasant communities form the Southern sector of the Cordoba Department (bordering on the North with the Antioquia Department) from the “corregimientos (an administrative division below the municipality but a bit above the “vereda”) of Juan José and Tierradentro have seen their staple crops, creeks, rivers and, of course, their whole lives fumigated.

The stated goal of the sprayings is none other than exterminate the coca crops which are planted in the Paramillo Massif (Nudo de Paramillo) as part of the strategy “Zero Illicits in the Paramillo Massif” carried out by the National Defense Ministry in concurrence to the Plan Colombia.

Diverse agrochemical studies and post illicit-crops-Glyphosate- spraying verifications have shown that this practice is harmful not only for the human beings that live in these communities where these actions are carried out but they also adversely impact staple crops, water sources as well the animals the peasant use as their means of transportation and to feed their families. 


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