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Illegal agchem seizures up in Brazil

Brazilian police and border authorities seized some 14 tonnes of illegal pesticides in the first six months of 2010, the national agrochemical industry trade association, the Sindag, says. They arrested 76 people suspected of trading illegal goods, of whom 13 were convicted, and some 12.3 tonnes of products incinerated. The illegal pesticide market was estimated to be worth $540 million last year ( Agrow No 590, p 29). The Sindag earlier reported that 11 tonnes were apprehended in the first three months of this year alone, against 15 tonnes for the whole of 2009. Almost 400 tonnes have been confiscated and 375 tonnes incinerated since 2001 under the national sector’s campaign, the association says. Nearly 40 people have been convicted, it adds.

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