Brazil needs a century to assess agchem queue
The Brazilian health surveillance agency, the Anvisa, would require over a century to assess the pesticides in its registration process, newspaper Valor Economic reports. There were 1,287 applications pending approval decisions early in April, which would have required 117 years to complete evaluations with the resources the agency had, while only 11 applications’ evaluations were being completed per month, the newspaper estimates. It further reports that soybean growers claim that losses from the lack of available fungicides had cost the sector some R$49,000 million ($24,300 million at the current rate) in the past ten seasons. The generic pesticide association, the Aenda, notes that the number of products entering and leaving the process was rising from 2005 to 2010, but has been falling since reaching last year the level of 2008. There were 312 added, while 230 were resolved last year. However, the accumulation of products in the queue is the major concern, it says.