Brazil seeks larger organic crop sector
The Brazilian government seeks to persuade another 100,000 family or smallholder farmers into organic crop production by 2014, national business newswire DCI reports. That would raise the number of such producers by 50% to 300,000. It is setting up projects to facilitate switching to organic production, and will set targets for government requisition of organic crops from the current 2% share to 15% in the next couple of years. The newswire cites Romeu Leite of Agriculture Ministry’s agro-ecology office, saying that organic crop research and the number of pesticides for organic crop use is rising. Almost 15,000 farmers in Brazil had registered with the Ministry by the end of last year following a public-funded recruitment campaign for the sector ( Agrow No 631, p 12). The first predatory biopesticide registered for organic crop production, Biotesia, was approved in 2011 ( Agrow ibid).