With the request for a collective view accepted, the vote on the bill that makes the rules for approval and marketing of pesticides more flexible, scheduled for today (24) at the Agriculture Commission (CRA), was postponed to next Tuesday (29).
PL 1,459/2022 deals with research, experimentation, production, commercialization, import, export, final destination and inspection of pesticides. Since the beginning of the procedure in the committee, the matter is the result of wide divergence among senators.
The rapporteur of the project and president of the collegiate, senator Acir Gurgacz (PDT-RO), had already read his report, but, after requests for a broader debate, he presented his opinion again today.
Among the measures provided for in the amendment are the concentration of decision-making power over pesticides in the Ministry of Agriculture and the change in the nomenclature of pesticides, which would be called, in the legislation, pesticide.
The text also provides for the setting of a deadline for obtaining registrations of this type of product in Brazil — with the possibility of temporary licenses when deadlines are not met by Organs competent bodies — and the softening of the explicit classification of products harmful to human health and the environment.
“Today it takes, on average, eight or even ten years for the authorization of a new active ingredient. It is a very long time for more modern, safe and effective products to enter the market. The new law provides for a maximum period of two years for a new product to be analyzed,” said Gurgacz.
During today’s meeting, the senator recalled that studies by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) indicate that Brazil ranks seventh in the world ranking of pesticide users, behind countries such as Japan, South Korea, South, Germany, France, Italy and the United Kingdom.
*With information from the Senate Agency.