Brazil seizes 7 tonnes of fake agchems
More than 7 tonnes of illegal pesticide products were collected in Brazil in the first three months of 2009, the official news agency, Agencia Brasil, reports. The haul was the result of a national campaign by the agrochemical industry. The “fight against illegal products campaign” leader Fernando Henrique told the agency that the results had proven the success of the operation. “We have amassed 350 tonnes of illegal products since we started our campaign in 2001,” he says. Ten tonnes were seized by national authorities in December and January ( Agrow No 562, p 13).The trade in fake products costs the national economy an estimated R$500 million ($230 million at the current rate) annually, the agency adds. The Brazilian agrochemical industry trade association, the Sindag, heads the campaign.