Entries by Sandra Módenes


EU published new guidance on identifying endocrine disruptors

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) have published their guidance on how to identify substances with endocrine disrupting properties in pesticides and biocides. The European Commission tasked EFSA and ECHA with developing harmonised guidance to ensure that the endocrine disruptor criteria adopted by the EU in 2017 are applied […]

Priority list for pesticide registration in Brazil

In order to speed up pesticide registration in Brazil, Ministry of Agriculture has issued “priority list” for some specifc brands.   After almost 2 years, 45% of the listed brands havent been evaluated.   Priority list evaluation status: Year Number of prioratized brands Number of approvals 2016 71 57 2017 46 7 On August 7th […]


Ethiopia approves environmental release of Bt cotton and grants special permit for GM maize

The Government of Ethiopia is the latest African country to authorize cultivation of biotech crops by granting two landmark approvals for environmental release of Bt cotton and research trials on biotech maize. In a letter signed by the Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change H.E. Gamado Dale to the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research […]

Nigerian farmers want substandard seed dealers punished

Nigerian Farmers have asked the Federal Government to put in place measure that would check the proliferation of adulterated seeds across the Country. Speaking on behalf of the group at a media dialogue which held in Abuja, the National Vice President of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria, Daniel Okafor, said, a majority of the […]

Dextra International has been nominated by the BIBIC for the 2018 SME Award

The Barcelona International Business Club Movers & Shakers Awards will be held within the framework of the annual meeting of Club members. The awards aim to recognize and reward excellence, best practices, personal achievements and innovation in companies located in Catalonia. They will recognize personal skills, leadership competencies and entrepreneurial mindsets from all sectors of the industry, […]

Argentina bans dichlorvos and trichlorfon

The National Service of Health and Food Quality (Senasa), banned the import, commercialization and use of insecticides/ acaricides based on dichlorvos, which is used on tobacco and grain storage facilities, in keeping with international norms for residue of pesticide. “The prohibition will be valid in 180 days,” stated Resolution 149/2018 of the Senasa, published in […]

Uruguay soybean production down 61% due to severe drought

Uruguay is a small soybean producing country wedged between its two giant neighbors of Brazil and Argentina, but farmers in Uruguay have been showing more interest in soybean production in recent years. The soybean production in Uruguay in 2017/18 is turning out to be very disappointing and not the type of year farmers had been […]