2014-09-26  facebook twitter rss

Effects of Neonicotinoid Ban has been Underestimated

Oilseed rape has been a victim of the growing gaps in control from crop protection products after the autumn sown crop was untreated due to the current restriction on the use of neonicotinoid seed treatment.

Evidence from farmers and from ADAS’s preliminary reports on the damage caused by cabbage stem flea beetle on Oilseed Rape show that policy-makers have widely underestimated the effects of this restriction.

Oilseed rape

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NFU Deputy Director General Martin Haworth said: “We are frankly alarmed that a large percentage of oilseed rape, which makes up 15.7 per cent of UK arable land, is under threat from a destructive pest that was formerly controlled by neonicotinoids. Nearly 1.8million acres of oilseed rape were planted in 2013 and without the availability of crucial active ingredients in crop protection products, this vital farming crop will decline.

“The third most planted crop with much of it being exported to Europe, oilseed rape is used for biodiesel, cooking oil, animal feed and even industrial plastic. A decline in reduction would undoubtedly have a worryingly adverse impact on the wider economy."

The farming industry has been at the heart of schemes such as the Voluntary Initiative, carefully stewarding crop protection product use, retaining the products in-field, out of water and away from wildlife, at the same time as producing safe and affordable food for consumers – rising to the challenge of producing more food and impacting less on the environment.


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