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Brazilian govt invests in pest control

The Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture has funded agricultural pest control programmes over the past three years worth R$52 million ($29 million at the current rate). The aim has been to enable the export of produce such as apples, mangoes and cucurbits for export. The Ministry simplified import procedures for material for use in pest control research in 2007, helping to cut analysis and authorisation times. Some 80% of analysed produce were recommended for quarantine, and 369 processes were analysed and approved in 2007, another 360 the next year, and 435 in 2009. Programmes have been developed to control cotton boll weevils ( Anthonomus grandis), Asian soybean rust ( Phakopsora pachyrhizi), and Mediterranean fruit flies ( Ceratitis capitata), while codling moths ( Cydia pomonella) have almost been eliminated in two states.

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