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Brazil/Togo team to study agchems in water

Brazilian researchers have agreed a deal with Togo scientists to study pesticide leaching in horticultural crops in the west African country, Brazilian media report. Embrapa scientists are to co-operate with counterparts at the Togo University of Lomé to enable the study of ground water contamination by pesticides in horticultural production areas. The “leaching of pesticides and contamination of ground water in coastal areas of crop production in Togo” is among six projects agreed in the deal. Some $480,000 has been allocated to the work, which is expected to run in 2011-13. Project leader Rômulo Penna Scorza Junior says there is deep concern on the issue in Togo. The project will involve scientific know-how and the training of farmers, and the results will be used to inform public policy.

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