Cultivation/Production, Europe, UK, Ireland, Pests and Diseases, Trends

EU: Brussels bans fungicide and insecticide in addition to diquat

The EU Commission this week confirmed it was withdrawing approval for diquat – a major herbicide used as a desiccant by potato growers. It cited the high risk of farm workers, bystanders and residents to diquat, as well as a high risk posed to birds.

Farmers Weekly in the UK reports today that approval was withdrawn at the same time for the fungicide thiram – an important seed treatment for sugar beet and oilseed rape; and pymetrozine, which controls peach potato aphid and other aphid species that spread virus in seed/ware potato crops.

Brussels has proposed a market withdrawal date for diquat of 4 May 2019, with a use-up period for growers until 4 February 2020. It wants thiram withdrawn by 30 January 2019 and pymetrozine gone three months later, with neither product used after 30 January 2020.

Read the full report in Farmers Weekly

Related report in Dutch on Agri Holland

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