Crop Protection and Nutrition – Weekly Update Brazil & Latin America (03/07/24 – 03/13/24)

AgroCP, an organo-mineral fertilizer industry, acquires Fermavi


Anvisa published voluntary withdrawal of toxicological evaluation of 6 pesticides, of which 2 are from Cropchem. (Anvisa)

AgroCP, an organo-mineral fertilizer industry, acquires Fermavi, a Brazilian multinational producer of manganese derivatives and plant mineral nutrition. With the purchase, the company should earn US$ 200.8. In addition, it intends to build a factory in the Midwest of Brazil in 2025, with an investment of more than US$ 10 million. (AgroCP Group)

Unigel temporarily stopped producing in a nitrogen fertilizer plant in Larangeiras, State of Sergipe. The company reported that it has already faced losses in 2023 and despite the efforts, the price of Brazil’s natural gas, the main raw material used, is among the highest in the world. But it points out that it will continue with a minimum infrastructure for the maintenance and preservation of assets and also comply with legal and socio-environmental commitments. (Unigel)

Sindiveg offers free online training with 90 hours of content on the use of pesticides, aimed at farmers, beekeepers and professionals in the field.  “Pesticides are essential technologies for this demand to be met efficiently, but the correct and safe use of these products needs to be continuously highlighted and reinforced. That’s why we developed the online training platform…”, points out Sindiveg’s Regulatory Affairs manager, Fábio Kagi. (Sindiveg)

AgroGalaxy and Bayer terminate commercial partnership for the distribution of pesticides in the “Crop Protection” segment, due to different business strategies. Thus, they cease to operate in the States of Paraná, São Paulo and Minas Gerais. In a note, they point out that “the termination of the partnership does not affect the pending adjustments and mutual commitments still pending, nor the commitments already signed with their respective customers.” (AgroGalaxy; Bayer)

Cássia de Fátima Rangel Fernandes was appointed to the position of General Manager of Toxicology at Anvisa. (Anvisa)

Ministry of Agriculture published Act No. 11 of deliberations on pesticides post-registration, from February 6th of 2024, with 6 pesticide registration cancellations, 10 import authorizations, 8 transfers of product ownership, etc. (MAPA)

This Wednesday (13) the Eurochem Mining Industrial Complex will be inaugurated in Serra do Salitre, State of Minas Gerais. The ceremony will be attended by the President of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. (Planalto)

Minas Gerais Institute of Agriculture pointed out that the pesticide thiamethoxam may have caused the death of 15 million African bees in an apiary in the District of Miraporanga, in Uberlândia, State of Minas Gerais, in December 2023. According to the report issued by the Pesticide Residue Analysis Laboratory (Lara), the presence of the product was found in the dead animals, but IMA said that a report, by itself, does not state that the use of a certain substance is correct or not. In addition, according to TV Integração reports, the death of the bees caused a loss of US$ 84.2 thousand for the Miraporanga apiary. (IMA; TV Integração)

Embrapa points out that in the last 5 years, the growth of the market for biological pesticides was 45%, while for pesticides it was 6%. “The area treated with biological control in 2022 in Brazil was 70 million hectares. It is a spectacular growth, mainly due to the ease of application and costs of these products”, indicated Wagner Bettiol, researcher from Embrapa Environment. (Embrapa Environment)

André Alves is the new Commercial Director MT South of Agriconnection. (Agriconnection)

Research by the Institute for Technological Research indicates the presence of two pesticides in oranges, which are banned by Anvisa. It was detected the presence of dicofol, a recently banned organochlorine product, and chlorpyrifos, which is currently under reassessment by Anvisa and other international agencies. “Due to its prominent position in the agro-industrial chain, food security is a fundamental item for Brazil to ensure productive sustainability, market competitiveness and quality in production”, said Kelly Cristina Manhani, who conducted the research through her master’s thesis, where she analyzed the presence of multi-residues of pesticides in citrus foods. (IPT)

Federal agricultural inspectors are conducting inspections on wooden packaging coming from abroad to prevent the entry of pests into Brazil, in accordance with the international standards of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC). “Wooden packaging and supports are capable of harboring pests that are absent in the country and, once introduced, can cause serious damage to national agriculture by infesting native and commercial forests”, explained Oscar Rosa, agronomic engineer and retired agricultural inspector. (ANFFA Sindical)

Brazil’s Supreme Court ordered Bayer to return more than US$ 2 billion to farmers for royalties paid since 2018 to two patents for a genetically modified organism known as Intacta RR2 PRO. “Thus, the multinational must reimburse the royalties paid since 2018 by producers for the use of the technology, in addition to guaranteeing the right of farmers to request abstention from the collection of royalties from the technology as of the expiration of the term of validity of the patents listed in the lawsuit,” the statement indicates. On the other hand, Bayer says in a note that the decision “only ratifies Bayer’s obligation to continue to present a procedural guarantee in the lawsuit”.  (Aprosoja-MT; Bayer)

Sumitomo Chemical launched the fungicide Plust, a seed treatment solution for soybean, wheat, corn, beans and irrigated rice crops. The product has the active ingredients thiophanate-methyl and fluazinam, presenting a protective, curative and systemic effect, with a low risk of resistance. (Sumitomo Chemical)


Latin America

Atanor, a crop protection company, part of the Albaugh group, will invest US$ 90 million over the next five years, with a focus on expanding its portfolio of agrochemical products in Argentina. (Albaugh)

The Supreme Court of Entre Ríos has extended the prohibition zone for rural fumigation with pesticides in the city of Colonia Ensayo, Argentina. The Superior Court of Justice of Entre Ríos declared the unconstitutionality of two rules of the Undersecretary of Agrarian Affairs and Natural Resources that establish a safety distance of between 50 and 100 meters for the use of pesticides in areas near homes and waterways. “Technological and scientific advances have shown the unreasonableness of these rules, that is, their manifest ineffectiveness in fulfilling the purpose for which they were issued, that is, to prevent the application of pesticides by aerial or ground spraying from causing damage to third parties…”, said Deputy Laura Mariana Soage. (Judiciary of Entre Ríos)

In research, the Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (Cedenna) has developed green nanoparticles from Chilean endemic plants for use in medicine and agriculture, as a more effective and sustainable alternative to conventional methods, reducing chemical dependence and operating costs for farmers. “We are working on the development of nanopesticides that are products capable of controlling phytopathogens that are highly desired because they are a highly innocuous product, we could say, they do not affect the environment”, points out Gustavo Zúñiga, researcher at Cedenna. (Cedenna)

Researchers from the “Agricultural Biotechnology in the Face of Climate Change” group at the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Mexico, are developing biopesticides and bioinputs, with mathematical modeling techniques to describe the interaction of these biological insecticides with soil, pests, and crops. It seeks to design strategies to minimize the harmful effects of climate change on agriculture. “… the model allows us to design control strategies, through which this reality can be transformed, taking it from an undesirable state to a desirable one, with a minimum expenditure of resources and in an optimal way according to certain criteria that are established a priori”, said Andrés Fraguela Collar, coordinator of the Multidisciplinary Center for Mathematical and Computational Modeling. (BUAP)


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