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Minor-crop agchem use ideas mulled in Brazil

Moves to further the extension of pesticide approval uses to minor crops are to be debated by regulators in Brazil in the following weeks. Proposals are being submitted to the national meeting to take place on November 6th at the national health surveillance agency, the Anvisa,in Brasilia. Parana state regulators including Agriculture Minister Norberto Ortigara met in late October with agronomists and farmer groups to consider various alternatives to implement national Instruction Normative 01/2010 regulation on minor-crop pesticide use, which was issued two years ago ( Agrow No 587, p 20). They included the pooling of R$4 million (US$2 million) among companies to finance pesticide residue studies and other product analyses for national registration of minor uses. Such a funding system operates in the US with the IR-4 public-private collaboration. The state Minister believes industry could unlock the logjam of minor-use approvals.

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