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Brazil MPs lobbying for agchem imports

Brazilian MPs are lobbying the government to allow the import of pesticides to control new agricultural pests, chief among them being corn earworms (Helicoverpa armigera). The call was made earlier this month while at meeting with the presidential cabinet, and the government is to respond with a decision over the next week, national media report. The earworms have caused devastating losses in certain areas, and a state of emergency was declared in Bahia state in April due to infestations of the pest on cotton and soybeans (Agrow No 660, p 19). Few products are available to control them, although recent emergency approvals have been granted for DuPont's chlorantraniliprole-based insecticide, Premio, and for three biopesticides (see this issue).

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