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Brazil extends emergency methyl bromide use

Brazil has extended the emergency use approval on methyl bromide-based fumigants for use on export-bound cotton by one year. The Ministry of Agriculture’s CTA passed a resolution this month to extend last year’s Ato No 1 resolution for the control of boll weevils (Anthonomus grandis). The extension follows a report from the department of plant health, the DSV, over concerns surrounding the use of such products, including cotton import requirements of various countries. Co-ordinator general of pesticides Julio Britto says that the emergency use approval of methyl bromide products is expected to last until a new recommendation such as on quarantine measures required by importers is made. “The proposal of a new measure is to be assessed by the CTA next year and should be concluded by its end, replacing the combined regulation on bromide applications,” he says.

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