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Brazil cotton sector to cut agchem use

The Brazilian cotton industry is seeking to cut back on pesticide applications as it fears no recovery in the cotton acreage in the 2009/10 season, year, the official news agency, Agencia Brasil, reports. The sector is looking to cut costs through higher planting densities, the cotton growers’ association, the Abrapa, reportedly says. “That way we reduce the application of pesticides and fertiliser,” its president, Haroldo Cunha, told Agencia. He does not expect recovery in the planted area until 2011. It was down by over 20% this year ( Agrow No 563, p 17). The Abrapa is studying a cotton boll weevil ( Anthonomus grandis) control programme that would reduce pesticide applications. The programme was launched last year ( Agrow No 563, p 17).

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