Brazil CNA renews call for more agchems
The Brazilian national confederation of agriculture, the CNA, has renewed calls for a swifter pesticide approval regime. CNA president and Brazilian Senator Katia Abreu says the “average seven-year authorisation time for a new agrochemical” creates “unbearable” costs for the agriculture industry. Ms Abreu cites the example of cotton, for which “half of all costs come from pesticide use”, and blames the insufficient staff in the Brazilian authorities to cope with workloads. “Whereas the US authorities have 850 technical staff dealing with pesticide analysis, the Anvisa [Brazilian national health surveillance agency] employs only 23,” she says. The agency carries out toxicology analysis for the Ministry of Health. The Senator notes that there are 139 applications under analysis with a further 239 in the queue. “More pesticides will lower costs,” she maintains.