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Brazilian ag economy and agchem approvals diverge

Brazilian agrochemical industry leader Eduardo Daher has highlighted the contrast between the growth of the national agricultural economy and the contrary trend in the approval of new pesticides. Agrochemical industry association the Andef's director general presented evidence of the split and criticised the country's bureaucracy at the 35th Brazilian agronomy congress in Cuiaba. He rated the length of the queue for the approval of a product as "absurd", and quantified it at typically 11.7 years long. "We are handicapped in the battle against a high incidence of diseases," he said, emphasising the recent plague of Helicoverpa spp. The latter has provoked the government to implement states of emergency in parts of the country (Agrow passim). Mr Daher called for the rotation of pesticide active ingredients as "essential" for the country's growing agricultural economy.

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