The Brazilian government announced the approval of 57 pesticides, including six new active ingredients, 41 generic products, and ten biological and organic pesticides.
Among the new agrochemicals, the active ingredient, dinotefuran, stands out, and it can be used on crops to combat sucking insects, such as bed bugs and whiteflies.
According to the published announcement on 3rd October, the number of registrations granted in 2019 reached 382, with 214 being technical products intended exclusively for industrial use. The other 168 are formulated products.
Biological and organic products
The government approved the registration of ten biological and organic pesticides, which can be used in both organic and traditional agriculture.
Highlights on the list include biological pesticides based on the organisms, Heterorhabditis bacteriophora and Hirsutella thompsonii, previously without approval in Brazil. The first will be used to combat pinworm, a pest that causes considerable damage to potato crops.
The product based on Hirsutella thompsonii will be used to control red spider mites, a pest that attacks several crops, such as soybeans, beans, corn and cotton, as well as fruits, such as strawberry, apple, pear, grape, passion fruit, watermelon, pineapple and cocoa.
Other biological pesticides include two products based on a mixture of four baculoviruses that attack the digestive system of caterpillars, and another based on a mixture of three microbiological organisms that control nematodes.
“Registered organic products offer interesting new options for farmers for controlling major agricultural pests, such as the spider mite and pinworm. They are key tools for better pest control in the field, as well as for managing the insecticide resistance of pests,” said Carlos Venâncio, General Coordinator Responsible for this Sector at the Ministry of Agriculture.
These products are recommended for pests only and can be used on any agricultural crop to replace chemical ones.
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