However, in a swift reaction to the announcement made by NAFDAC on methyl bromide
ban, the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS), an agency under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, argued that the use of the agrochemical is still permissible for controlled quarantine due to lack of suitable alternatives in Nigeria.
The most favored fumigant has been methyl bromide
, a broad-spectrum fumigant, supplemented with chloropicrin.
European Community management strategy for the phase-out of the critical uses of methyl bromide
. Report and Annexes (incl Alternatives Database).
Unlike most pesticides, fumigants such as methyl bromide
have a high vapor pressure and are more likely to drift off-site (Woodrow and Krieger 2007).
Also, the level of damage observed after three treatments with ThF2-1 was significantly lower than obtained previously with the methyl bromide
treatment of the soil (Besoain et al., 2003).
Application of propargyl bromide and replanting with Merlot on 1103P was the only fumigant-rootstock combination that resulted in grape yield similar to the standard methyl bromide
Currently, fresh fruits and vegetables exported to Taiwan are fumigated with methyl bromide
to control western flower thrips.
meets the USDA's organic standards on a technicality, because the plants themselves are not fumigated.
Agriculture Minister Hussein Hajj Hasan ordered the investigation in cooperation with the Directorate of Customs and General Security of an illegal shipment of the pesticide methyl bromide
, which was discovered Thursday.
It was adopted as a replacement for methyl bromide
after all uses of the fumigant were phased out by 2005 with certain critical use exemptions.
EPA presented the award to Arysta for bringing the fumigant MIDAS to market which does not deplete the ozone layer and has been proven in commercial fields to be as effective as methyl bromide
at lower use rates.