Dutch plan for Xylella industry compensation scheme could lead to UK scheme

The Dutch Federation of Agriculture and Horticulture, LTO Nederland, is trying to set up an emergency industry fund for Xylella fastidiosa, which, if successful, could help any UK scheme get off the ground.

Effects of Xylella fastidiosa
Effects of Xylella fastidiosa

In the past, the horticulture industry has been opposed to contributing to similar schemes. There is no UK campaign yet as the industry would need to discuss contribution.

But UK industry body advisors have said that might change if other countries are successful in setting up a scheme.

The UK Government view at present is that they do not pay compensation for plant health. The Dutch government does not offer any financial assistance for potential damage either, and insurance is not available for potential damage.

The Dutch hope the EU might contribute after an industry scheme begins.

The European Nurserystock Association (ENA) and other bodies are lobbying around movement restrictions around Xylella fastidiosa infected areas.

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