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Brazil grants special 24-month spinosad approval

Brazil granted a 24-month emergency authorisation for use of the insecticide, spinosad, on three crops late last year. The Ministry of Agriculture approved spinosad-based products as foliar applications for the control of fruit flies ( Ceratitis capitata and Anastrepha spp) on guavas, grapevines, acerolas and mangoes. Products are to be applied only at 1-1.6 litres/ha. Interested companies seeking to market products must obtain registrations from the competent authorities. Applications are to be accompanied by draft labels and literature along with proof of authorisations in individual states, the federal district and the Ministry’s pesticide co-ordination office. Registrations will include a commitment to the production and submitting of studies, while they would be cancelled if agronomic, toxicological or efficacy concerns were subsequently found. The Ministry’s agricultural research corporation, the Embrapa, identified emergency measure requirements including “cultural control” and monitoring, following a study in the San Francisco valley area.

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