SAO PAULO, July 18 Brazil's government approved
the use of pesticides with the active ingredient
cyantraniliprole to fight the coffee borer beetle, a note
published in the country's Official Gazette said on Friday.
Coffee cooperatives had been lobbying for the approval after
the government said it would no longer allow farmers to use
another product, endolsulfan, to prevent the beetle from
Cyantraniliprole is approved for use in the United States,
the European Union, Canada and Japan, according to a statement
from Brazil's Agriculture Ministry.
The U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved
toxicity levels of cyantraniliprole in February after
determining it had not caused adverse health effects in humans.
The ruling was requested by chemical manufacturer DuPont.
U.S. environmental groups led by the Center for Biological
Diversity have sued the EPA, however, saying the pesticide
"risked far-reaching harm" to many species of animals.
Brazil's government declared a state of emergency because of
the beetle in top coffee growing state Minas Gerais in March.
The National Coffee Council president told Reuters last month
that the bug's impact on the drought-hit crop now being
harvested is not yet significant.
Cyantraniliprole should protect future crops from the
beetle, according to the agriculture ministry.
Soy farmers criticized federal and state governments for
delaying the approval of new chemicals, especially Syngenta's
Emamectin Benzoate, to fight the helicoverpa armigera
caterpillar earlier this year.
(Reporting by Caroline Stauffer; Editing by Tom Brown)