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EU votes to ban chlorpyrifos

EU member states have supported draft decisions not to renew the EU approvals for the insecticides, chlorpyrifos and chlorpyrifos-methyl.

Europe EU

EU opinion on regulation of NBTs due in spring

A European Commission paper “addressing” the controversial issue of regulating new breeding techniques (NBTs) in plants as genetically modified organisms may appear in the spring, according to a leaked document released by environmentalist group Greenpeace.

Europe EU

Ombudsman says no undue delay in EU handling of glyphosate MRL review

The European Ombudsman has rejected a complaint that the European Commission was wrong to delay a decision on a maximum residue limit (MRL) for the herbicide, glyphosate, on a specific crop until a general review of all glyphosate MRLs had been completed. 

Europe EU

Env MEPs call for pesticide reduction to protect bees

A targeted reduction in pesticide use is needed because suggested measures in the European Commission’s EU Pollinators Initiative do not go far enough, says the European Parliament’s Environment Committee. 

Europe EU

EU signs off eight GM crop approvals

The European Commission has signed off approvals for eight genetically modified crop lines that had been stalled in the authorisation system for up to six months. 

Europe EU

The problem with mixtures

Gero Eck and Eva Eschenbach from Eurofins Agroscience Regulatory discuss obstacles for product registration arising from the environmental assessments of formulations containing more than one active ingredient.

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North America

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Canadian pesticide volumes up 10% in 2017

Pesticide product sales in Canada amounted to 132,135.1 tonnes (expressed in active ingredient volumes) in 2017, a 10% increase on the previous year, according to the latest figures from the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA). 

Canada PMRA

Bayer hits back at Mexico move against glyphosate imports

Bayer has hit back at the Mexican government's refusal to allow the import of the import of 1,000 tonnes of glyphosate herbicide.

Mexico Herbicides & PGRs

Mexican Env Ministry rejects glyphosate imports

The Mexican Minister of the Environment (Semarnat), Víctor Toledo, has this week rejected the import of 1,000 tonnes of glyphosate herbicide, citing the precautionary principle against the active ingredient.

Mexico Herbicides & PGRs

Canadian approval for UPL's Komodo herbicide

UPL's Canadian business, UPL AgroSolutions Canada, has received Canadian approval for the herbicide, Komodo (S-metolachlor + benoxacor safener).

Herbicides & PGRs UPL

Canada to OK FMC's pethoxamid

The Canadian Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has proposed the approval of FMC's herbicide, Pethoxamid 480 EC (pethoxamid 480 g/litre), for use on maize and soybeans. 

Herbicides & PGRs FMC

Bayer/Monsanto agrees to US plea deal over illegal parathion-methyl use and storage

Bayer legacy company Monsanto last week pleaded guilty to using and storing the banned organophosphate insecticide, parathion-methyl, on crops at a research farm on the Hawaiian island of Maui. 

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South America

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Brazil agchem sector presents Ibama imidacloprid assessment summary

A group of agrochemical companies in Brazil have created a tabular presentation to ease understanding of the environmental agency, the Ibama's, reassessment finds on the insecticide, imidacloprid.

Brazil Insecticides

Brazilian formulated agchem volume sales up 2% in 2018

Volume sales of formulated agrochemical products rose by 1.7% in Brazil to 549,280 tonnes in 2018.

Brazil

Second Brazil crop area estimate edges over 64 m ha

The second official estimate for Brazil’s major summer and winter crop area finds a slight increase for 2019/20 compared with last month's estimate.

Brazil

Uruguay to expand satellite monitoring co-operation

Satellite monitoring of pesticide applications in Uruguay will be extended to cover 400,000 ha in 2020 under a renewed pact.

Uruguay

Brazil Senator seeks restrictions on agchems

A Brazilian Senator has introduced draft legislation to the upper house seeking the review of pesticide approvals ten following their registration.

Brazil

Argentina instructs growers to apply agchem controls in grapevine moth pest alert

Argentine grapevine growers are instructed to carry out chemical control applications against European grapevine moths (Lobesia botrana) in areas under quarantine controls, the plant and animal health inspection service.

Argentina Insecticides
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Asia

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Australia slashes summer crop forecast

The Australian Bureau of Agricultural Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) has sharply reduced its forecast for summer crop plantings due to a significant drop in expected plantings of grain sorghum and cotton. 

Australia

South Australia moves to lift GM crop ban

The South Australian government has introduced legislation aimed at lifting the moratorium on the cultivation of genetically modified crops on the mainland of the state by early next year. 

Australia Input Traits

Chengdu New Sun pursues "green" agriculture in China

Chinese biologicals company Chengdu New Sun Crop Science has evolved into one of the country’s leading biologicals enterprises.

China

Thailand drops plan to ban glyphosate

Thailand's National Hazardous Substances Committee has decided not to go ahead with a ban on the herbicide, glyphosate, which was to have come into effect on December 1st.

Thailand Herbicides & PGRs

Industry slams S Australian GM crops decision

The Australian industry association, CropLife Australia, has accused members of the upper house of the South Australian state Parliament, the Legislative Council, of "playing politics" in blocking a move by the state government to end the moratorium on the cultivation of genetically modified crops in mainland South Australia. 

Australia Input Traits

China's pesticide exports up 3% in first three quarters of 2019

China’s pesticide exports rose by 2.6% to $6,123 million during the first three quarters of 2019 compared with same period in the previous year.

China
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Australasia

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Australia slashes summer crop forecast

The Australian Bureau of Agricultural Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) has sharply reduced its forecast for summer crop plantings due to a significant drop in expected plantings of grain sorghum and cotton. 

Australia

South Australia moves to lift GM crop ban

The South Australian government has introduced legislation aimed at lifting the moratorium on the cultivation of genetically modified crops on the mainland of the state by early next year. 

Australia Input Traits

Industry slams S Australian GM crops decision

The Australian industry association, CropLife Australia, has accused members of the upper house of the South Australian state Parliament, the Legislative Council, of "playing politics" in blocking a move by the state government to end the moratorium on the cultivation of genetically modified crops in mainland South Australia. 

Australia Input Traits

APVMA performance improves in fiscal 2019

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) completed 85% of pesticide product registrations within statutory timeframes in the 12 months to June 30th 2019.

Australia

Australia first to approve BASF's Luximax herbicide

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has granted the world's first approval to BASF's herbicide, Luximax (cinmethylin – trade-marked as Luximo – 750 g/litre). 

Herbicides & PGRs BASF

Australia to OK Syngenta's Callisto

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has proposed the approval of ChemChina subsidiary Syngenta's herbicide, Callisto (mesotrione 480 g/litre). 

Australia APVMA
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Middle East & Africa

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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.

Ghana

Syngenta Zambia donates STs to smallholders in the country

Syngenta's Zambian operation, Syngenta Zambia, has donated 6,000 Fortenza Duo (thiamethoxam + FMC's cyantraniliprole) insecticide-treated maize seeds to smallholder farmers of Kazungula district in the Southern province.

Zambia

Corteva opens business in Zambia

Corteva Agriscience has opened offices in Zambia.

Zambia Corteva Agriscience

Sub-Sahara Africa farmers to gain access to royalty free genes in GMOs

Smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa are to gain access to genetically modified seeds at reduced cost through the use of royalty-free genes.

Middle East and Africa Input Traits

Nigeria OKs two GM cotton varieties

Nigeria has approved two genetically modified insect-resistant cotton varieties for commercial use.

Input Traits Nigeria

Kenya reportedly mulling overturning GMO import ban

Kenya is mulling a U-turn on its import ban on genetically modified crops, the US Cornell University-based non-profit organisation.

Kenya Input Traits
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Global

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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

GMO food opponents know less than they think, research finds

The people who hold the most extreme views opposing foods derived from genetically modified crops think that they know most about GM food science, but actually know the least, according to a study conducted by US and Canadian researchers.

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