Growers must act on EC ruling

The HDC is calling for growers of ornamental plants and fruit propagators to tell it which pesticides they use, or risk losing products available to them because of changes to EC regulations.

The Long Term Arrangements for Extension of Use, which have enabled ornamental growers and fruit propagators to use pesticides that did not necessarily include their own crop on the pesticide label, are no longer acceptable under EC rules and will be withdrawn.

The HDC, NFU, HTA and other trade organisations are working with the Pesticides Safety Directorate (PSD) to make the most commonly used pesticides available in future under the Specific Off-Label Approval (SOLA) process allowed by the EC.

High-cost implications mean the PSD is not able to undertake the SOLA process for all pesticides.

The HDC is surveying growers and will pass on the details to the PSD. The survey form is available in the February issue of HDC News and will be emailed to all members. Also, see www.nfuonline.com/x25471.xml after 31 January.

Any non-HDC members can respond directly to the PSD.


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