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Fersol of Brazil sheds further jobs

Brazilian agrochemical company Fersol (Mairinque) is to halve its workforce over the next month following the registration cancellation of its principal product, the insecticide, methamidophos. The national health surveillance agency, the Anvisa, issued a resolution in January 2011 to phase out the sale then use of methamidophos by December 31st last year and June 30th 2012, respectively ( Agrow No 608, p 14). Methamidophos dominated Fersol’s sales. The company has already seen its labour force cut from 1,000 to just 200, its president, Michael Haradom, says. It cut 50 jobs last autumn, and warned that if the Anvisa resolution was not overturned, it would have to halve its then 500-strong workforce ( Agrow No 625, p 3). The company has fought the ruling in the courts over the past year ( Agrow passim). The workforce will to fall to 100 next month, the president has informed the national generic pesticide association, the Aenda. The company laments that it is one of few national pesticide manufacturers and that knowledge and skills are to be lost to the Brazilian industry.

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