Brazil minor-crop policy profits glyphosate
The Brazilian agricultural research corporation, the Embrapa, has applied for the registration of the herbicide, glyphosate, to be extended for use on cassava principally against perennial weeds, the Ministry of Agriculture says. Its pesticide office co-ordinator, Luis Eduardo Rangel, believes it “strange that the country’s best-selling herbicide is not approved on cassava”. The application has been presented under the country’s new minor-crop pesticide registration drive, applications for which started in November last year ( Agrow No 630, p 15), with the first approvals anticipated next month. Applications for minor- crop uses under the rules have been strong for crops such as strawberries, melons and cassava, the Ministry notes. Mr Rangel considers that the glyphosate application should be given priority status.