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High insecticide price behind Brazil coffee borer infestation

A strong rise in the price of DuPont's insecticide, cyantraniliprole (trade-marked as Cyazypyr), in Brazil is seen as the major obstacle to the control of coffee borer beetles (Hypothenemus hampei) in the country, media report. Minas Gerais state technical agricultural aid agency, the Emater, technical coordinator Willem Guilherme told Agrolink newswire that growers previously spent just R$40-80 (US6-12 at the current rate) per ha on insecticides, but costs have since risen to as high as R$1,200 (US$370) per ha. That follows the banning of endosulfan insecticide in 2012. That left cyantraniliprole as the only available active ingredient for use against the pest. Mr Guilherme cites the “high” cost of cyantraniliprole with the rising incidence of coffee stem borers. The Ministry of Agriculture has issued a plant health state of emergency due to the widespread incidence of the pest. The government has reported that several products are in the final phase of registration and it awaits a decision from the national health surveillance agency, the Anvisa.

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