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Paraguayan agchem application rule breaches

Paraguayan authorities have found a series of breaches of pesticide application regulations at farms close to human populations including school buildings. The Senave carried out inspections in six regions late last year, finding that the most common transgressions were the lack of buffer strips and hedgerows, “in some cases just centimetres from centres of human populations”. Several farmers have been warned to respect regulations covering: the use of 100 m buffer strips in which applications cannot be made; the disposal or recycling of empty containers; and the pollution of water courses. The Senave imposed buffer strips or suspended all applications at some farms close to schools and reservations. The service found willingness among farmers to meet regulations, it says. The Senave passed Resolution 660 last year, setting new rules, including one stating that aerial spraying of a product must only take place if it had been explicitly authorised for such use ( Agrow No 624, p 15).

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