Stockbridge Technology Centre urges growers to act over EU pesticides proposals

Stockbridge Technology Centre (STC) has added its voice to the industry campaign against proposed new EU legislation on plant protection products, calling on growers to write as a matter of urgency to their MEPs in a special edition of its newsletter today.

Referring to the agreement that has been reached on the Thematic Review of EC/91/414 and which will be put to MEPs for their vote next week, chief executive Graham Ward warned the "agreement" would mean that from 2011, horticultural businesses will start to decline in the UK as pest, disease and weed control become either too expensive or not possible at all.

Ward added: "Between now and 2011 we will also be losing significant products and specific on-label uses from those already registered as part of the current review and re-registration process through 91/414. Where any products do retain some registered horticultural uses many specific crops will be caught by the residues legislation (396/2005) on edible crops.

"No sector of our industry will escape and although problems will be worse for edibles and particularly crops which rely on extensions like herbs, there are also significant problems for flower and ornamental growers."

STC is urging every grower in the country to write to their local MEP this week reflecting the potential damage to their business.

More information:

  • The NFU has advice on what to do and who to write to.
  • The STC has a PowerPoint presentation detailing potential crop impacts, available in pdf format.

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