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Brazilian growers score well on safe agchem use

More than nine out of ten pesticide applications in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais were carried out safely, using the right product on the indicated crop over a six-month period last year. The state Agriculture Ministry, the IMA, monitored the use of pesticides on two crops, strawberries and tomatoes, between May and November. It analysed 138 samples and found that 125 (90.5%) had been treated with the correct pesticide product and had residues within maximum residue limits (MRLs). Just one tomato sample contained residues in excess of MRLs. The study was part of an ongoing project through the IMA’s safe food project, the PAS. It is to be extended to other crops this year, and will train users at farms that are not following safe use practices. Study findings by farm and crop are available to the public at: www.sisfrut.com.br.

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