Brazil seizes 15 tonnes illegal agchems in 2012
Brazilian authorities seized some 15 tonnes of illegal or suspect pesticides in 2012, Brazilian newspaper Pagina Rural reports. The actions counted on the participation of the federal police, civil and military state authorities, state Agriculture secretariats and the Ministry of Defence. They carried out ten operations, including one involving more than 19,000 representatives of the armed forces and other public bodies, according to the national campaign against illegal pesticides, which brings together various entities in the agrochemical sector. In one operation in Parana, federal police with the support of the environmental agency, the Ibama, successfully prosecuted a farmer for storing contraband pesticides to the tune of R$4.2 million ($2 million at the current rate) at his property. Some 500 tonnes of illegal pesticides have been seized and 1,000 persons indicted by the authorities in the past 11 years, the paper notes.