Brazil to define refuge area regulations
The Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture is negotiating the terms of implementing a refuge regime for the planting of genetically modified insect-resistant cotton, maize and soybeans, the official news agency reports. The Minister, Neri Geller, says that discussions are under way to determine the percentage of refuges on such crops. “Use of refuge areas is important to maintain sustainability,” he says. The intended regulation should be in place in time for the 2015 harvest of the three crops. The use of refuges remains unregulated in Brazil, and requires federal parameters and supervision. The Ministry seeks to implement systems similar to those in the US and Australia, “but adapted to Brazilian conditions”. The first refuge-in-a-bag maize products in Brazil debuted last year (Agrow No 670, p 33).