Brazil state sees draft bill to ban aerial agchem use
Brazilian Rio Grande do Sul state MP Edegar Pretto has submitted draft legislation seeking to outlaw the aerial spraying of pesticides in the state. The parliamentarian and agriculture commission member affirms that 70% of sprayed products land in surrounding areas including in schools and even hospitals rather than the target crops. The association of agricultural aviation companies, the Sindag, rejects the assertions, saying that such applications are so accurate that they lower the need for further use on the ground. It insists that aerial applications are the “only type of application to be truly regulated” in the country. The association claims that Brazil possesses the second largest national fleet of spray planes at 1,900 and account for almost a quarter (24%) of all applications. Some 400 planes work in Rio Grande do Sul, making it Brazil’s second major state fleet.