Asia prepares for crop battle with Fall Armyworm

An insect that can infest and damage hundreds of hectares of maize fields, literally overnight, is sweeping across Asia – alarming smallholder farmers and threatening livelihoods – but the damage can be limited, the UN’s Food and Agriculture…
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U.S. EPA releases for public comment draft guidance for plant regulators, including biostimulants

U.S. EPA is releasing for public comment Draft Guidance for Plant Regulators, Including Plant Biostimulants. Read a pre-publication copy of the draft guidance. In recognition of the growing categories of products generally known as plant…

Nigeria plans to draft first ever National Pesticide Policy

The Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS), has revealed that the Service is on the verge of producing the draft of Nigeria’s first ever National Pesticide Policy. The National Pesticide Policy, according to the Director-General, Dr.…

New EU guidelines require supervised field trials for honey MRL setting

The EU has published new technical guidelines to determine pesticide residue levels in honey and producers have until January 1, 2020, to make the necessary preparations. In September 2018, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) issued…

Chile releases sterile insects to control fruit flies

The Chilean Agricultural and Livestock Service (SAG) is testing the use of sterile insects to control fruit flies (Ceratitis capitata) - one of the most feared plagues in the Chilean agriculture industry, which mobilizes much attention in this…

Peru Appointed New Minister of Agriculture

Fabiola Martha Muñoz Dodero, assumed on March 11, 2019 the position of Minister of Agriculture, in replacement of the engineer Gustavo Eduardo Mostajo Ocola, after serving previously as Minister of the Environment. The new minister is aware…

M&A in the Agribusiness: A “Buy or Die” story

David de Boet Pérez-Portabella associate director of M&A at Dextra International wrote this article for Agropages. The agrochemical industry is reaching a record level of M&A transactions, establishing higher multiples, and attracting…

EU Court annuls EFSA refusal to disclose glyphosate data

The European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) must disclose details of studies on the toxicity and carcinogenic properties of glyphosate , EU judges ruled on last Thursday, cheering campaigners who want glyphosate banned. In a statement, the European…

Non-renewal of approval of the active substance ethoprophos

COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) 2019/344 of 28 February 2019 concerning the non-renewal of approval of the active substance ethoprophos, in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council…