The State Council convened a news conference on 22 March 2020 to introduce efforts made to ensure the supply of agricultural materials for spring ploughing: at present, about 88% key enterprises specializing in agricultural materials (seeds, pesticides and fertilizers) resumed work, while 90% stores selling agricultural materials re-started business, and 1/4 provinces achieved that 100% enterprises engaging in agricultural materials resumed work across China, so supply of agricultural materials can reach normal level.
83% pesticide enterprises have resumed work
It is shown in investigation that among 1,559 pesticides enterprises in China, 83% of them resumed work in mid-March (70% in the end of Feb.), and among 250 thousand pesticide stores, 91% of them resumed work, close to perennial level.
What are badly in need of are pesticide products for wheat stripe rust, fusarium and sclerotinia sclerotiorum. There are 156 pesticide enterprises that produce pesticides to prevent and control these three diseases, and 94% of them have resumed production with the capacity to provide about 65 thousand tonnes of relevant pesticides to meet demands for pesticides.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) optimized 28 recommended pesticides for spodoptera frugiperda, and inventory can satisfy prevention and control demands for pesticides for spodoptera frugiperda.
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