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Brazil agchem inspectors launch contraband drive

The Brazilian environmental agency, the Ibama, is launching an inspection drive on the use of pesticides along the border regions with Uruguay. The operation has been motivated by the "large volume" of recorded illegal imports of pesticides without registration into Brazil, the agency notes. It aims to verify the source of products. It has employed helicopters, and visited several farms that had previously been caught using such pesticides on their crops. So far, no infringements have been detected. Breaches can carry fines from R$500 (US$220) and to a maximum of R$200,000 (US$89,200), as well as confiscation of equipment and the imposition of a planting ban. The operation has been timed to coincide with the main planting season.  The seizures of such products have jumped this year (Agrow No 669, p 18).

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