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Brazil to U-turn on neonicotinoid spray ban

The Brazilian authorities have made a U-turn on last month’s precautionary ban on the aerial application of products based on four neonicotinoid insecticides, according to the soybean grower association, Aprosoja. The environmental agency, the Ibama, issued an order for a spray ban on products based on imidacloprid, thiamethoxam, clothianidin and fipronil due to concerns of their effect on bees ( Agrow No 645, p 16). The government’s head of cabinet, Gleisi Hoffmann, has since said that aerial applications will be authorised for a year, and that they can continue for this season, planting for which starts in September, the Aprosja reports.



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