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Detail

Area
Brazil
Commodity Group
Oilseeds, oils and meals
Commodity
Soybeans
Date
01/07/2017
Policy Category
Production
Policy Instrument
Pest control
Description
Envisaged to extend an annual soybean-free period to the State of Mato Grosso do Sul. This is meant to help control the spread of Asian soybean rust from one growing season to the next.
Notes
The Brazilian state of Mato Grosso du Sul is preparing to join the states of Mato Grosso, Goias and Parana in imposing an annual soybean-free period to help control the spread of Asian soybean rust from one growing season to the next. The measure would ban the so-called safrinha crop, i.e. the practice of planting a second crop of soybeans in the same field during the same growing season. Even though safrinha soybeans only account for a very small acreage in Mato Grosso du Sul, scientists confirmed the crucial importance of the ban in their efforts to control the disease. Once the measure will become effective in the named state, about two thirds of Brazil’s soybean area will be subject to safrinha restrictions. (See also MPPU June’17 on efforts to introduce similar restrictions in neighbouring Paraguay and Bolivia.)