Growers' views sought on protected zone

Growers are being asked to respond to a Food & Environment Research Agency (FERA) consultation on the future of the UK's protected zone status against Bemisia tabaci (tobacco whitefly).

The UK is one of a limited number of EU member states including Finland, Ireland and Sweden that maintain protected zone status against the pest, which is particularly damaging to salad crops such as cucumber and tomato.

FERA plant health policy team member Justin Dixon said: "The consultation is part of the process of developing the policy for the UK and is a really good opportunity for growers to have some input. We have had protected zone status in place for ten years and we want people's thoughts on what they see happening in the future."

- The deadline for responses is 15 March. For further details, see www.fera.defra.gov.uk/plants/consultations


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