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Extensions agreed for EU approval periods of 34 agchem ais

EU approval periods are to be extended by another year for 34 agrochemical active ingredients to allow more time to complete assessments for renewal of the authorisations before they expire on April 30th. 

Europe EU

EU aiming for early release of Farm to Fork strategy

The European Commission is “working very hard” on its Farm to Fork strategy and the planned publication date of May has been brought forward to the end of March, says EU Health and Food Safety Commissioner Stella Kyriakides. 

Europe EU

EFSA opens public consultation on gene drives

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has launched a public consultation on its draft scientific opinion on the assessment of genetically modified insects with synthetically engineered gene drives.

Europe EU

EU Commission seeks views on Farm to Fork roadmap

The European Commission is inviting feedback on a “roadmap” outlining how it will develop the new “Farm to Fork” strategy on sustainable food production. 

Europe EU

No fault in imposing buprofezin restrictions, says EU Ombudsman

The EU decision in 2017 to ban use of the insecticide/acaricide, buprofezin, in edible crops was correctly implemented with regard to the phase-out period for foodstuffs containing buprofezin residues, says European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly. 

Europe EU

EFSA reviews assessment methods for three new GMO techniques

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has outlined three studies due for completion in 2020 that “may have important implications” for the approval of genetically modified organisms in the EU. 

Europe EU
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North America

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BASF contests $250 million punitive damage award in US dicamba case

A US federal judge will give BASF an opportunity to convince him that the company should not be liable for any of the $250 million in punitive damages awarded by a federal jury to a Missouri farmer who alleged that his peach orchard was severely damaged by dicamba herbicides.

United States Legal

Canada OKs Syngenta’s Ference insecticide

The Canadian Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has approved Syngenta’s insecticide, Ference (cyantraniliprole), for use on turf and ornamentals.

Insecticides Canada

US Tolerance Tracker update (January 2020)

The January 2020 update of the US Tolerance Tracker is available in the Agrow Data section.

United States

Syngenta debuts Saltro in US

Syngenta has launched its fungicidal/nematicidal seed treatment, Saltro (pydiflumetofen – trade-marked as Adepidyn), for use on soybeans in the US.
Syngenta Fungicides

Adama gains US approval for two rice herbicides

ChemChina subsidiary Adama has received US approval for the rice herbicides, Vopak 3ME (clomazone) and Zurax L (quinclorac-methyl). 

Herbicides & PGRs Adama

Canada to expand approval of Asperello biofungicide

The Canadian Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has proposed the expanded approval of Spanish company Biocontrol Technologies’ biofungicide, Asperello T34 Biocontrol (Trichoderma asperellum strain T34), for use on greenhouse vegetables, ornamentals and cannabis. 

Canada PMRA
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South America

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Peru orders phase-out of methamidophos

The Peruvian Ministry of Agriculture has banned the import and registration of new insecticides based on the insecticide, methamidophos.

Peru Insecticides

Brazilian agchem suppliers must amend labels by July

Agrochemical suppliers in Brazil will have to adopt significant changes in the labelling of their products by July to accommodate new regulations.

Brazil

Argentine Pampa region lifts agchem ban

The Argentine province of La Pampa has lifted a ban on the sale of agrochemicals for use on maize, soybeans and sunflowers.

Argentina

GMO adoption cuts herbicide/insecticide use by 19% in Colombia since 2003

The adoption of genetically modified crops in Colombia since 2003 has reduced insecticide and herbicide spraying by 779.4 tonnes of active ingredient, a drop of 19%, according to a study from UK consultancy PG Economics.

Colombia Input Traits

Argentine growers union pleads for agchem ban to be lifted

A farmers' union in Argentina has called for the regional ban on agrochemical sales to be lifted.

Argentina

Peru issues preventive emergency against Fusarium wilt fungus

Peru has issued a pest preventive alert emergency Tropical race 4 (TR4) strain of Fusarium oxysporum f spp Cubense.  

Peru
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Asia

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Australia warns of coronavirus effect on agchem supplies

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has warned of possible disruption to the supply of agricultural and veterinary chemicals from the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 

Australia APVMA

India to ban buprofezin and tricyclazole

India’s Ministry of Agriculture has decided to ban the insecticide, buprofezin, and the fungicide, tricyclazole.

India Fungicides

China sets up temp approval/renewal measures for coronavirus delays

China’s Ministry of Agriculture has put in place temporary measures related to approval procedures and the renewal of licences in order to mitigate disruption and delays because of the coronavirus outbreak.

China

Australian summer crop area slumps

With Australian summer crop planting largely complete, the area is two-thirds lower than in the previous year at 357,000 ha, according to the latest report by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural Resource Economics (ABARES). 

Australia

New Zealand approves ISK’s Kusabi

The New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has approved the import and use of Ishihara Sangyo Kaisha’s fungicide, Kusabi (pyriofenone 300 g/litre), for the control of powdery mildew on apples, grapevines and cucurbits. 

Fungicides Ishihara Sangyo Kaisha

Dabei Nong Biotechnology's GM maize receives Chinese biosafety certificate

Chinese company Beijing Dabei Nong Biotechnology has received a biosafety certificate from the Ministry of Agriculture for its genetically modified glyphosate herbicide-tolerant maize (DBN 9936).

Herbicide Tolerance China
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Australasia

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Australia warns of coronavirus effect on agchem supplies

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has warned of possible disruption to the supply of agricultural and veterinary chemicals from the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 

Australia APVMA

Australian summer crop area slumps

With Australian summer crop planting largely complete, the area is two-thirds lower than in the previous year at 357,000 ha, according to the latest report by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural Resource Economics (ABARES). 

Australia

New Zealand approves ISK’s Kusabi

The New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has approved the import and use of Ishihara Sangyo Kaisha’s fungicide, Kusabi (pyriofenone 300 g/litre), for the control of powdery mildew on apples, grapevines and cucurbits. 

Fungicides Ishihara Sangyo Kaisha

APVMA posts Q2 improvement

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) completed 92% of pesticide registration applications within statutory timeframes in the three months to December 31st 2019, which was the second quarter of its 2020 fiscal year.

Australia

New Zealand starts hydrogen cyanamide review

The New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is seeking more information on the plant growth regulator, hydrogen cyanamide, as part of a reassessment of the active ingredient.

 

New Zealand

New Zealand finds grounds to review neonicotinoids

The New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has determined that grounds exist to reassess approvals of the neonicotinoid insecticides, acetamiprid, clothianidin, imidacloprid, thiacloprid and thiamethoxam. 

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Middle East & Africa

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Zimbabwe lifts GM maize import ban to fight famine

Zimbabwe has ended its 12-year ban on the import of genetically modified maize.

Zimbabwe

Iran pesticide production up

The production of pesticides rose by 31% in Iran in the eight months to November 21st.

Iran

CropLife SA provides MRL database for farmers

Industry association CropLife South Africa has invested in a database to assist growers in finding "suitable, registered plant protection products" including maximum residue limit (MRL) data for each crop, pesticide and export destination, including retailer requirements.

South Africa

Kenya approves commercial cultivation of Bt cotton

Kenya has approved the commercial cultivation of genetically modified insect-resistant Bt cotton.

Insect Resistance Kenya

First Nigerian GM food crop launched

The first genetically modified food crop to be commercialised in Nigeria has been launched.

Input Traits Nigeria

Ghana MPs OK legislation to facilitate GMO adoption

The Ghanaian Finance Minister has published a budget to Parliament endorsing MPs' assent for biosafety legislation earlier this year.

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Global

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Global agchem market flat in 2019

The global chemical-based crop protection market is predicted to have been flat in 2019, inching up 0.4% to $57,790 million at the ex-manufacturer level, according to preliminary analysis by Phillips McDougall.

South America North America

Global GM seed market at $22 billion in 2018

The global GM seed market in 2018 was valued at $21,970 million, according to Phillips McDougall's seed service report prepared by senior analyst Yuanjie Su.

International North America

Phillips McDougall provides 2019 agrochemical outlook

Phillips McDougall expects the global agrochemical market to be flat or exhibit slight growth in 2019, according to market analysis by senior analyst Darren Stobbart.

International Asia Pacific

Global crop protection market rose 6% in 2018

Higher prevailing prices in China and alleviation of the inventory situation in Brazil led the global market for conventional crop protection products to grow by 6% to $57,561 million at the ex-manufacturer level in 2018.

Asia Pacific Europe

Phillips McDougall prepares infographic tracing agchem company evolution

Phillips McDougall has come out with an updated version of its well-known infographic tracing the evolution of the leading agrochemical companies.

International M&A

Global crop protection market up 4% in 2018

Global chemical-based crop protection sales rose by 4.2% to $56,500 million at the ex-manufacturer level in 2018, according to preliminary analysis by Phillips McDougall.

International
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