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Brazil earworm agchem approval terms extended

Commercial registrations for insecticide products for the control of earworms (Helicoverpa spp) on cotton, maize and soybeans in Brazil will be extended until March 18th 2016. Six states have declared a state of plant health emergency against the pest that has caused enormous losses in the past two years with losses on cotton in the state of Bahia in 2012/13 alone costing an estimated R$2,000 million (US$640 million at the current rate), the Ministry of Agriculture notes. Regulation IN No 3/2015 was issued this month in the official gazette passing the measure. The term extensions cover products containing baculovirus and Bt active ingredients that were passed in a 2013 Ministry of Agriculture regulation, IN 15/2013. The infestations have led to several measures to control the pest, including a 2013 decree allowing states to declare an emergency and permit the import and use of emamectin benzoate insecticides from certain countries.


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