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Slow approval system remains key Brazil concern

The Brazilian pesticide sector still suffers from long registration procedures, creating its most debilitating bottleneck. That is the opinion of the chief executive of the Brazilian agrochemical industry association, the Andef, Jose Otavio Menten. The approval process takes two to three years, he told the business and finance newswire, Agencia Estado. The process should take no more than six months, according to a 2002 decree, he reportedly said. “We support the rigour of the system, but it is too slow,” Mr Menten added. “A period of a year would be sufficient to meet the needs of the industry.” Three Ministries are involved in the process: the Ministries of Agriculture, Health and the Environment.

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