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Mexican empty container drive improving

A Mexican Ministry of Agriculture-supported campaign collected close to 1,200 tonnes of empty pesticide containers in 2009, the Ministry says. The campaign, Campo Limpio, aims to double that amount this year for recycling, Deputy Minister Mariano Ruiz-Funes told delegates at the third annual convention of the Mexican agrochemical industry. Campo Limpio also trains farmers in the safe use of pesticides, which the Deputy Minister also cited at the event. Some 22 million ha of cropland in Mexico are treated with pesticides, he noted. Mr Ruíz explained that demands for safer and higher quality food were behind the government’s support for biotechnology (see this issue). It also means that a “more rational use” of pesticides is required, he added.

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