India's pulse imports to rise this year on rain-induced crop damage

Barely a year after achieving self-sufficiency in 2018-19, India is going back to importing pulses due to massive Kharif crop damage and bleak prospects for rabi sowing of these protein-rich foods, following the long spell of unseasonal rainfalls…

EU restricts metalaxyl-M use in seed treatment

The draft Commission Implementing Regulation provides that the approval of the active substance metalaxyl-M is renewed in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009, subject to certain restrictions including to the use of seeds treated with…

As rain destroys crops, Indian agri exports likely to take a hit

Agri exports from India, especially the higher value products like mangoes, grapes and soya meal are expected to take a hit as unseasonal rain has damaged crops in several parts of Maharashtra. Exporters fear that in want of quality produce,…

Xylella fastidiosa: ‘Together we can find solutions’

“The whole EU territory is at risk from Xylella fastidiosa, and the more the scientific community works together on this issue, the quicker we’ll be to find solutions to tackle this pest.” That was how Claude Bragard, chair of EFSA’s…

EFSA: Review of the existing maximum residue levels for glyphosate

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) received from the European Commission a mandate to revise its previous review of the existing maximum residue levels (MRLs) for glyphosate taking into account additional data that were erroneously omitted…

Fall armyworm attack reported in 3 districts in India

Despite various measures taken by the agriculture department to safeguard maize from invasive fall armyworm, which has been raised in districts including Trichy, Perambalur and Ariyalur, the officials have spotted prevalence of the worm in some…

Agriculture occupies 41% of Brazil's total land area

The Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) recently released their Agricultural Census 2017 which indicated that agriculture occupied 41% of Brazil's land area. Brazil has a total land area of 851.4 million hectares (2.1 billion…

Positive movement reported in China/U.S. trade deal negotiations

China is offering new hope that the "phase one" trade deal that's supposed to be a boon for U.S. ag exports can be finalized and signed this month. High-level U.S. and Chinese trade officials continued trade talks Friday and were able to reach…

Brazilian agrochemical imports already 21% higher this year

The total value of agrochemicals imported into Brazil between January and September 2019 amounted to US$2.51 billion, a 21% growth compared to the same period last year. These imports include both products used directly in agricultural production,…