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Brazil state extends earworm emergency measures

The Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture has extended the state of plant health emergency in Bahia state due to an infestation of corn earworms (Helicoverpa spp). The one-year extension adds to the original 12-month period declared last year due to infestations in the west of the state. The state can continue to implement controls detailed in October 2013's presidential decree. They include the import from certain countries of emamectin benzoate insecticides, as well as the use of biological controls, traps, as well as the adoption of IPM measures and restrictions on planting. The director of the Ministry’s plant health department, the DSV, warns that control tools need to become established so that “we can live with Helicoverpa in a sustainable fashion”. The Ministry notes that Bahia is the first state to request an extension, but that further requests are anticipated from states such as Maranhão, Mato Grosso or Goiás. “Any requests will be analysed,” he adds.

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