Trade and markets
 

Detail

Area
Brazil
Commodity Group
Oilseeds, oils and meals
Commodity
Soybeans
Date
01/05/2017
Policy Category
Other
Policy Instrument
Pest control
Description
Set up a working group with counterparts from Paraguay and Bolivia to develop joint programmes on controlling the spread of Asian soybean rust in South America.
Notes
Scientists, industry representatives and government officials from Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia set up a working group to combat the spreading of soybean rust (a fungal disease that affects soybeans and other leguminous crops) in South America. In Brazil, one of the most effective measures to combat the disease has been the enforcement of a soybean-free period of 3–4 months when no live soybean plants are permitted along fields or around storage and transport facilities, to hinder the movement of rust spores from one growing season to the next (see MPPU May & Aug.’15). The working group will look into the possibility of implementing similar restrictions in Paraguay and Bolivia. Furthermore, coordinated efforts are envisaged to slow down the disease’s increasing resistance to commonly employed pesticides.