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Brazil cuts pest control funding

The Brazilian government is slashing funding for the Ministry of Agriculture’s plant health division, the SDA. News agency Epoca has "revealed" an internal Ministry of Agriculture report showing the drop in resources. "Of the more than R$370 million (US$155 million at the current rate) government-approved funding for the control of plant and animal diseases or pests [in 2013], of which earworms (Helicoverpa armigera) were the priority, only R$182 million (US$76 million) was spent, and the funding for this year will be yet lower at R$284 million (US$119 million). The report further notes that the costs in losses and control from earworms has topped R$10,000 million (US$4,177 million). Among the SDA's duties is protection against the entry of potentially harmful agricultural pests into the country.

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