Brazil state suspends agchem supplier licences
The Brazilian region of Rio Grande do Sul has started to suspend the operations of several agrochemical suppliers for not having filed licence renewal applications, national media report. The region’s Agriculture Secretariat’s plant health division chief, Jose Motta, estimates that 220 of the some 1,200 registered companies will have their licences suspended. Applications should have been filed by May 31st. Companies will have 60 days from notification receipt to return stocks to their suppliers. Suspended companies will have a year to come into line with regulations, or their licences will be revoked. For those that have filed their applications, temporary licences will be valid until the environmental authorities have assessed among other things the safety of installations, and container collection programmes.