Brazil IDs major pest import threats
The Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture’s director of the plant health department, the DSV, has presented plans to guard national agriculture against the entry of potential pests. Luis Rangel revealed to industry representatives that studies have identified 150 “exotic pests” that are quite likely to arrive in Brazil. Among the more likely threats to be identified are soybean aphids (Aphis glycines), wheat streak mosaic virus and frosty pod rot (Moniliophthora roreri). The DSV is to propose that agricultural zoning tools already employed by the agricultural research corporation, the Embrapa, be integrated into the work of the agricultural policy secretariat, the SPA, to map the risk of pests. Funding projects criteria are to include crop rotation, fallow use and the monitoring of pests. Mr Rangel presented findings and plans to the agricultural business chamber.