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Brazil anticipates oilseed rape agchems

The benefits from the use of herbicides and insecticides on oilseed rape for the sector is attracting the attention of government as it seeks its expansion, the agricultural research corporation, the Embrapa, says. There are no authorised pesticides for use on the crop in Brazil, while soybean pesticides are reportedly being illegally applied on rape in parts of the country. The Ministry of Agriculture’s Arlindo Boniface says a lack of interest on the part of pesticide companies has hindered supply. The registration of a pesticide takes two years. However, the government has launched a biodiesel production and use programme that should lead to investment in the sector. The Embrapa Trigo has this month held a consultation with growers and companies on developing the crop’s sector.

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