Waage study on plant health risks published

The horticulture industry has welcomed the spirit of co-operation between the sector and DEFRA that helped produce a new study into plant health threats to the UK but recognised there is no solution in sight to the problem.

The Imperial College study, from Professor Jeff Waage, “will provide an evidence base against which future policy can be considered”, says DEFRA (HW, 12 October). It looks at responsibility and cost-sharing options for dealing with plant health threats. HTA adviser David Brown said: “It shows there’s not one single answer and the next stage will have to reflect that it’s going to take a fair bit of work to move it forward.” He added: “We are pleased there has been a greater co-operation between government and industry over policy through the system in stopping the introduction of things we don’t want and a policy on how to contain and control.” NFU vice-president Paul Temple said: “We welcome the call for greater co-operation between government and industry on this issue and look forward to developing relationships to allow genuine sharing in the delivery of future quarantine plant health solutions.”

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