CropLife Africa Middle East, a member of CropLife International, represents the plant science industry and a network of national associations in 30 countries in Africa and the Middle East. The "Plant Science Industry" includes manufacturers and distributors of crop protection products (pesticides) seeds and biotechnology products.
It costs up to $256 million to research, develop, and register a new crop protection product; only 1 in 139,000 chemicals make it from the laboratory to the farmers’ fields.
Harmonization of Pesticide Registration
The United States and Canada are engaged in an effort to harmonize procedures for pesticide registration. This harmonization initiative aims to enable the registration of selected crop protection products in both U.S. and Canadian markets.
Some pesticide producers have participated in pilot programs to facilitate harmonization: one allows individual growers to import certain products into the United States for private use while the other attempts to create one label that meets the regulatory requirements for both countries.
CropLife America's Position
- Harmonization can have a positive impact on growers. Current differences can affect availability and cost of products.
- Product labels issued jointly by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA), give growers access to a wider range of products.