Joint EU approach to minor pesticides pressed

Attendees at a conference at the Brussels headquarters of COPA-COGECA last week agreed that co-operation between EU states is essential to ensure the availability of minor-use pesticides.

Participants agreed that an EU minor-use programme is a must, while practical solutions such as an EU database on products and uses and greater use of mutual recognition of active substances authorised at state level could improve the situation.

Dove Associates managing director John Adlam said: "Minor-use products get overlooked and it is often the main crops that determine what is approved. It is important to have a voice for minority crops.

"The European working group on minor uses in ornamental plants is going to be important. It will help them to have a voice in the EU on the minor uses of pesticides and make sure the issue is not swamped or excluded."

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