Mexico amends cotton pest control rules
Mexico has modified rules governing the control of pests and diseases on cotton. The regulation amends NOM-026-FITO-1995, which came into effect in 1997. It seeks to eliminate obsolete rules taking account of “new” pesticide treatments and genetically modified “resistant crops” that reduce the presence of pests such as pink bollworms (Pectinophora gossypiella). To mitigate the risk of pink bollworms and boll weevils (Anthonomus grandis) spreading, earlier provisions are preserved and updated “to maintain phytosanitary measures on production sites” such as the use of traps, sampling and monitoring, as well as ginning plants. Some 125,432 ha of cotton were planted in Mexico in 2013, the Ministry of Agriculture notes.