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Brazil to maintain precautionary spray ban - update

The Brazilian authorities have rejected claims that they have made a U-turn on last month’s precautionary ban on the aerial application of products based on four neonicotinoid insecticides. 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 soybean grower association, Aprosoja, has since reported that the government’s head of cabinet, Gleisi Hoffmann, had claimed that aerial applications would be authorised for a year, and that they could continue for this season, planting for which starts in September.

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