This application, which reinstates an earlier 120-day emergency authorisation for the use of the active ingredient triflumizole on cucumber, is good news for growers because there are no suitable alternative products with a one-day harvest interval that are available for this disease.
The product can be used as a preventive or curative measure, but a maximum of three applications are permitted per crop. A minimum seven-day interval should elapse between applications.
The product can only be applied until November and must only be used on crops grown in isolated media.
Cucumber Growers Association technical officer Derek Hargreaves said: "This will get us through to the end of this year and hopefully we'll have full approval for the start of 2012."