South America Calling
Alastair Stewart South America Correspondent
Thu Nov 7, 2013 03:10 PM CST

Brazil's Agriculture Ministry Thursday approved the importation of more powerful pesticides in a bid to control the threat posed by the Helicoverpa armigera caterpillar to soybean and cotton crops.

The measure comes in response to Brazilian farmer complaints that the pesticides at their disposal aren't sufficiently effective against the caterpillar, also known as the corn earworm or cotton bollworm, which caused up to $900 million in damage to crops across the northeastern state of Bahia last year and threatens soybean crops in the top-producing Cerrado region this season.

Following a ministerial decree, farmers may now use Emamectin Benzoate, the principle ...

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