As of September, Abelló Linde holds exceptional authorisation, pursuant to the Resolution from the Health in Agricultural Production Management, to commercialise the FRUTARGAS® gas mixture as a plant protection product.
We are the first gas company to obtain this authorisation at a European level after the inclusion of ethylene in the list of accepted active phytosanitary substances.
FRUTARGAS® is a uniform mixture (N2/C2H4) specifically prepared for the degreening of citrus fruits and banana ripening. The treatment consists in placing these fruits inside a cold room which modifies the initial atmosphere inside it by enriching ethylene in order to induce ripening and obtain products with the same quality characteristics as the ripened fruits from the tree.
The use of plant protection products (for which FRUTARGAS® is now considered) is subjected to a strict legal framework, the failure of which may result in significant administrative responsibilities. This legal framework regulates the phytosanitary regulations which were established to allow the commercialisation of products only previously approved by the Ministry (Royal Decree Nº 2163/1994 on November 4th by which the harmonised community system for authorisation is implemented to trade and use plant protection products).
Abelló Linde has this exceptional authorisation of 120 days (September 1st - December 31st, 2012), which comprises the whole citrus fruit season of this year and allows us to stay within the law.
Exceptional Authorisation Document from the Ministry of Agriculture. Plant Health law (PDF).Please Note: The content is only available in spanish language.
For more information please link to the website of "Junta de Andalucía" .