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Brazil to delay organic seed legislation

Brazil seeks to delay the implementation of legislation that would prohibit from this month the use of treated seeds, and only allow the use of organic seeds in organic cultivation. The Ministry of Agriculture's organic agriculture trade chamber has issued a detailed revision to Normative Instruction 46 of October 2011, which sets regulations and lists of permitted substances for use in organic systems of animal and plant production. The chamber proposes to revoke the deadline for implementing the obligations on growers of December 19th due to a lack of available organic seed to meet the process certification across the product chain. From 2016, each state in the federation will be able to produce lists defining which species and varieties will be obliged to go organic. The changes are supported by the results of a consultation period delivered in October, the Ministry says.



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