Brassica Growers Conference 2010: New EU Thematic Strategy for Pesticides rule set to come into force next June

Growers can expect the new EU Thematic Strategy for Pesticides regulation to come into force in 18 months' time -- around June 2011.

Speaking at the Brassica Growers Conference in Lincoln on 19 January, HDC technical manager Viv Powell also informed growers that the strategy's Sustainable Use Directive will come into force in October 2011.

She added that the Chemicals Regulation Directorate (CRD) is expected to issue a consultation on the directive soon to find out how best to implement the new directive — which includes measures for protecting water and other specific areas.

She said: "CRD is currently preparing a consultation document. Stakeholders will be given three months to give their response. It's very important as this might be your opportunity to make sure that we are not trying to work under an unmanageable system."

Powell added that the Sustainable Use Directive requires the UK to draw up a National Action Plan on how to minimise pesticide use, as well as compulsory sprayer testing and training for agronomists and spray operatives.

It also includes options for each member state to introduce pesticide taxes, prior notification and extended buffer zones.
But much of this is already in place in the UK, said Powell.

She also explained that the timetable for implementation of the new laws is "reasonably benign".

Powell told growers that those substances that are already included in Annex I of the current legislation — 91/414 — will expire 10 years after the date they were originally included. "Most products have got onto Annex I during the past 2 years so will not be reviewed until 2016 onwards, although a few will start in 2011."

When products are due to be renewed they will be evaluated under the new regulation, she said.

 

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