Brazil state issues fines for improper agchem use
Thirty-eight Brazilian businesses were fined at the end of last month for the incorrect storage, sale and use of pesticides, official news agency Agencia Brasil reports. They included small and large farms as well as retail outlets. The transgressions occurred in five counties in the Ceara state, inspectors found. Among the irregularities were the improper storage of pesticides, the presence of expired stock, the use of damaged personal protective equipment, the absence of the same, and the reuse of empty pesticide containers. Officials comment that rules are broken due to ignorance among some farmers, citing the storage of water for families in empty pesticide containers. “We hope these operations will serve as a wake-up call for respect of the law in the marketing of pesticides,” Daniel Aguiar of the state’s plant health office reportedly says. State Ministry of Agriculture inspections took place on June 15th-19th.