• Brazil reduces glyphosate import tax from 9.6% to 3.8% 2022-08-12 The import tax on most popular herbicide in Brazil, glyphosate, as well as on its monoisopropylamine salt were reduced from 9.6% to 3.8% for a period of one year, effectively from 5th August, 2022.The measure was recently approved at an extraordinary meeting of the Executive Mana...
  • Erratic rains in the world’s top rice-exporting country threaten global prices 2022-08-12 Poor rainfall in major rice-growing regions of India has triggered fears of export restrictions on rice, too, after wheat and sugar.Looking to control domestic prices, India had in May banned wheat and sugar exports amid a scorching summer and a global supply shortage.Being the w...
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requests partial rehearing in glyphosate litigation 2022-08-05 On Monday, the U.S. EPA submitted a petition to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals requesting a partial rehearing of the three-judge panel’s June 17 ruling on the glyphosate interim decision. In that ruling, the panel vacated the interim decision’s human health risk assessment an...
  • 95% greenhouse crops were biologically controlled in the Netherlands 2022-08-05 In 2020, pest insects and spider mites in nine greenhouse horticultural crops were controlled biologically on 95 percent of the acreage, for example by parasitic wasps or predatory mites. In 2016, this was 92 percent, in 2012 it was still 78 percent. For each of the crops studied...
  • New insecticides to target honey bee enemies 2022-08-05 University of Sydney scientists are developing insecticides that target two major pests of honey bees but are completely safe for the bees and other animals.Today, on World Bee Day, and beyond, they plan to combat the Varroa mite and the small hive beetle, which are leading cause...
  • China launches first national soil survey in 40 years 2022-08-05 In February, the State Council announced that a survey of China’s soil would be carried out, 40 years after the last one. It will take almost four years to complete, with preparatory works and trials already underway and its conclusion scheduled for the second half of 2025.Reflec...
  • Better seeds and biotechnology can boost Africa’s crop productivity, study finds 2022-08-05 Though Africa has a quarter of the world’s arable land, its crop productivity falls well below the world average, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).Much of that is due to poor quality seeds and constraints facing smallholder farmers, according to a new study that suggests ...
  • In addition to China, Brazil may export corn to European Union 2022-08-05 The news out of Brazil in recent weeks was the potential for Brazil to start exporting corn to China maybe as soon as the end of this year if they can work out phytosanitary standards. Additional news out of Brazil is that they may start exporting corn to the European Union as we...
  • New research proposes local Biological Control Agent hubs to fight fall armyworm in Bangladesh 2022-08-05 New CABI-led research, working in conjunction with the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI), proposes the establishment of local Biological Control Agent (BCA) hubs to fight the devastating fall armyworm pest in Bangladesh.The scientists, who published their findings...
  • Europe revises its prohibition on pesticides as a global food catastrophe approaches 2022-07-29 Agriculture ministers of European Union have issued a warning that drastically cutting pesticide use in the European Union may have an impact on crop output during this period of great uncertainty.At the recent Agriculture and Fisheries Council (Agrifish) meeting in Brussels, mem...
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