More efficient and safe agricultural pesticide will be relased

Posted by Marina
The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply will release in the coming days the registration of products based on the active ingredient Fluopiram, which can be used to combat nematodes in potato, coffee, sugarcane, corn and soybean crops and fungi in cotton crops, beans, and soy. The product is a highly effective fungicidal and nematicidal molecule and was in line for 10 years awaiting analysis of the registration claim.

Records will be released for both technical products, which are those used by industry, and formulated products, which are already available for use in crops. The product is currently approved by regulatory authorities in countries in Europe, the United States and Australia, where it is available for use.

"It is a new option for the control of nematodes, which are pests often invisible, but can cause great damage to agriculture, and is a less toxic product than those already on the market," explains the general coordinator of pesticides and Related of the Ministry of Agriculture, Carlos Venâncio.

The products formulated based on Fluopiram offer a new mode of action for nematode control, being an important tool to assist the farmer in the management of this pest, whose population growth is favored due to Brazil's soil and climate conditions. Nematodes are microscopic worms present in soil, in fresh and salt water and are often parasites of animals, insects and also plants. They are invisible to the naked eye and live in the soil feeding on the nutrients in the roots of plants.

The doses of Fluopiram needed to control these pests are lower, thus reducing the disposal of packaging and especially the amount of product applied to crops compared to those currently available on the market.

From a toxicological and environmental point of view, all studies and information presented, as well as their package leaflet recommendations, were evaluated and approved by the respective competent bodies (Anvisa and Ibama) and, therefore, considered safe to human health and the environment.

New records

In recent years, several bureaucratic measures have been adopted to make the pesticide filing line run faster in Brazil. The goal is to approve new, less toxic and more environmentally friendly molecules, and thus replace the old products.

In both the Ministry of Agriculture, Ibama, and Anvisa, the sectors responsible for analyzing pesticide records were reorganized and had relocated servers, which led to increased productivity and the registration of less toxic products.