China’s insecticide production experienced substantial increase in May

According to the National Bureau of Statistics of China (NBS), in May 2017, China produced 325,467 tons of pesticide, down regulated 2.7% compared to the same period last year. This is the third consecutive month that the domestic pesticide…

Present status of Chinese agriculture & agrochemical enterprises

The Chinese pesticide industry has, in general, appeared to pick up since 2016. However, agrochemical enterprises still face many challenges with policy, environmental and market issues. This paper addresses the general development of Chinese…

Glyphosate: Mixed reactions to possible EU ten-year approval

There have been mixed reactions to the European Commission’s confirmation that it plans to suggest a ten-year renewal period for the glyphosate herbicide, with farmers calling for a full 15-year approval and some Members of the European Parliament…

EU updates list of biocide ais in review

The European Commission has issued an updated list of active ingredients that are still going through the EU review of existing biocides, which includes non-crop pesticides. The update applies to a list dating from 2014. It removes ais that…
glyphosate classified as not carcinogenic

Australian regulator (APVMA) CEO Kareena Arthy to leave agency before Armidale move

The chief executive officer of the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA), Kareena Arthy, has resigned from her post. Her departure comes at a critical time for the Authority as it faces a controversial relocation from…
Biocide ais

EU to set new approval criteria for low-risk pesticides in a bid to boost approvals of biological and naturally occurring pesticides.

The European Commission is to clarify and extend the scope of active ingredients that may be considered as “low-risk” substances, in a bid to boost approvals of biological and naturally occurring pesticides. Micro-organisms, baculoviruses…
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Neonicotinoids: Public consultation on a draft Decree in France

A draft Decree is on public consultation from 14/02 to 15/03/2017. A list of 7 Neonicotinoid active substances that will be banned from 1st September 2018 is given: Acetamiprid, Clothianidin, Dinotefuran*, Imidacloprid, Nitenpyram*, Thiacloprid…
UK Brexit Agro-Coalition Formed

UK Agri-Brexit coalition formed

Eight organisations and trade associations involved in agribusiness have formed an Agri-Brexit coalition to bring together their expertise as negotiations on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU progress. The coalition comprises: Agricultural…
glyphosate classified as not carcinogenic

Glyphosate not classified as a carcinogenic

The herbicide, glyphosate, should not be classified as a carcinogen, concludes the Risk Assessment Committee (RAC) of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). Its assessment of hazard classifications for the active ingredient concludes that the…