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Brazil soya farmers need new insecticides

Brazilian soybean farmers urgently require new insecticides as existing products are being removed or are under threat of withdrawal, newspaper Correio do Povo reports. It quotes an Agriculture Ministry entomologist, who warns that only six insecticide active ingredients will be available to soybean growers, once the use of endosulfan is phased out and banned. Its use is due to end in July 2013 ( Agrow No 596, p 15). Two of the remaining soybean insecticide ais, methamidophos and acephate, have been recommended for cancellation by the national health surveillance agency, the Anvisa ( Agrow No 589, p 21), while the other three are mixtures with pyrethroid insecticides that kill its predators, researcher Clara Campo of the Ministry’s agricultural research corporation, the Embrapa, notes.

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