Minas Gerais tops Brazil agchem inspections
Brazilian state Minas Gerais’s authorities have revealed their keenness to inspect the marketing and use of pesticides in the state. They carried out 5,472 inspections of pesticide use at rural properties in 2011, accounting for two out five (41%) of such inspections in Brazil’s 26 states, and making it the top inspecting state in the country. The state agriculture office, the IMA, also carried out 3,378 inspections of “commercial establishments” into the marketing of pesticides, some 18% of such inspections in Brazil last year. The figures were released at the 10th Enfisa event (national pesticide inspection and seminar) held in Curitiba, Brazil this month, a key national gathering of pesticide regulators and suppliers. Espirito Santo was the major state inspector of pesticide residues in crops, ahead of Pernambuco and Minas Gerais. Regulator delegates agreed a “letter from Curitiba” to improve pesticide inspection processes. Proposals included creating a national fund to cover studies to assess the level of pesticide use in Brazil.