Brazilians call for spray ban alternatives
The Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture is expected to submit proposals this week to the Ministry of the Environment on alternatives to a ban on the aerial application of four neonicotinoid insecticides, newspaper Correio do Povo reports. The proposals, such as the mapping of beehive locations, come from farmers, and the crop sprayer and pesticide industry sectors. The association of agricultural aviation companies, the Sindag’s, Nelson Paim seeks “some middle ground”, citing the lack of alternative controls against sugar cane and citrus fruit pests. He claims that much agriculture will become unviable, Correio reports. The Ministry of the Environment banned the aerial application of products based on imidacloprid, thiamethoxam, clothianidin and fipronil last month ( Agrow No 645, p 16). Soybean growers were quick to voice opposition, claiming that the move would end the use of 30 products (see this issue).