NFU warns herbicide ban would hinder Scottish bracken control

NFU Scotland says a European committee could decide on 9 March to ban Asulox, the primary herbicide used by Scottish farmers to prevent bracken from encroaching on hill pastures.

NFU Scotland said in a statement that the continued use of Asulox as vital to keeping many of Scotland’s hills and uplands in a grazeable condition.

NFU Scotland Vice-President, John Picken, said:

 "Many bodies in the UK, including NFU, Scottish Government, SEPA, SNH and Defra are supportive of the product’s continued use, and recognise its importance in keeping a difficult and hardy plant like bracken under control so that the economic and environmental benefits of having grazing animals on our hills can be enjoyed."


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